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Traffic Calming (Irchester)

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

The Humble Petition of Residents of Irchester; Northamptonshire and the surrounding areas.

Sheweth that there is a problem with speeding traffic through Irchester, welcomes the efforts of local councillors, council officers and the police in devising road calming measures; that the Petitioners support the mini roundabout, the vehicle-activated signs, the police enforcement scheme and other measures; but that the Petitioners have reservations about the chicanes on the Wollaston Road; and notes that a survey of 543 people showed that the majority wanted revised traffic calming in Wollaston Road.

Wherefore your Petitioners pray that your Honourable House urges the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to request that Northamptonshire County Council in conjunction with the Borough Council of Wellingborough and Irchester Parish Council, review the chicanes in Wollaston Road to see whether alternative or revised traffic calming measures are necessary.

And your Petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray, &c.—[Presented by Mr. Peter Bone, Official Report, 2 March 2010; Vol. 506, c. 917 .]

[P000747]

Observations from the Secretary of State for Transport:

Wollaston Road is a local road for which Northamptonshire County Council is responsible as local highway authority. It is for the Council to decide in consultation with the local community which measures are best suited to satisfy the requirements of local schemes.

The primary legislation governing traffic calming is contained in sections 90A to 90F of the Highways Act 1980 (as amended by the Transport Act 1981). The Highways (Road Humps) Regulations 1999 prescribe the dimensions of road humps, and the Highways (Traffic Calming) Regulations 1999 prescribe a list of traffic calming features.

The Department for Transport’s technical guidance on traffic calming Local Transport Note (LTN): 1/07 Traffic Calming gives advice on the design and installation of all types of traffic calming.