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Traffic enforcement measures along the A52

Volume 623: debated on Thursday 23 March 2017

The petition of residents of Broxtowe,

Declares that as a result of the lack of traffic enforcement measures along the A52 road between the roundabouts known locally as Bardill’s Island, which crosses with the B6003, and Priory Island, which is at a junction with the A6464, there is excessive speeding and as such the road is unsafe.

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to install traffic enforcement measures along the A52 between the two roundabouts known locally as Bardill’s Island, which crosses with the B6003, and Priory Island, which is at a junction with the A6464.

And the petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Anna Soubry, Official Report, 28 February 2017; Vol. 622, c. 268.]

[P002020]

Observations from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport (Paul Maynard):

The Department for Transport (DfT”) is responsible for setting legislation and for guidance to traffic authorities on how to provide various traffic management measures. Local authorities have a statutory responsibility to provide appropriate traffic management schemes for their roads (under section 122 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984). They are free to make their own decisions about the streets under their care, provided they take account of the relevant legislation. They are also accountable to local people for their decisions and their performance.

Local highway authorities can introduce a number of measures such as lower speed limits, traffic calming measures or reconfiguring the road. The local police are responsible for day-to-day enforcement of speed limits.

The decisions on the type of measures that might be most suitable are matters for the local highway authority in consultation with local communities. The DfT provides guidance for local authorities in Speed Limit Circular 01/2013 ‘Setting Local Speed Limits’ which is at:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/setting-local-speed-limits

With regard to traffic calming, this is also a matter for local authorities. The DfT have published guidance on the design of traffic calming measures is in Local Transport Note (LTN) 1/07 Traffic Calming’ which is available on the DfT website at:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/local-transport-notes

Ministers and officials have no remit to intervene in the day-to-day affairs of local authorities except where specific provision has been made in legislation. Any concerns should therefore be raised with the appropriate local authority.

However, the Department for Transport (DfT) would like to thank the petitioners for taking this positive action to bring this matter to its attention and the Minister will write to Nottinghamshire County Council to make them aware of the concerns of Parliament.