Lower Old Pool Bank, Pool – proposal for 30mph speed limit

I refer to the above. I have received the following information from the Assistant Engineer, Traffic Management West advising me in respect of progress with the scheme:

“The scheme proposals are to reduce the speed limit on Old Pool Bank from its junction with A660 Leeds Road and A658 Pool Bank New Road, which is currently a National speed limit.

In order to facilitate the proposed scheme it is intended to:-

  • Reduce the existing De-restricted speed limit on Old Pool Bank to 40mph, from the junction with A660 Leeds Road, to a point approximately 60 metres west of the junction with Willow Court.
  •  Reduce the existing De-restricted speed limit on Old Pool Bank to 30mph, from the junction with A658 Pool Bank New Road to a point approximately 60 metres west of the junction with Willow Court, including Willow Court and Chapel Hill Road.

The existing survey data we hold was carried out in April 2013 at two locations, these being on Old Pool Bank east of Sandy Lobby which showed that the daily two-way flow to be around 1600 vehicles / day and the mean speed to be 32.3mph.

The other location being on the northern section between Willow Court and Chapel Hill Road were we are proposing to lower the speed limit to 30mph. The data showed that the daily two-way flow to be around 1825 vehicles / day and the mean speed to be 25.3mph.

There were no recorded injury accidents on this length of road in the current five year period.

We have written to the Police to ask for their comments and support in the change of the speed limits for the scheme. Taking into account the information we provided them, the response / comments are as follows:-

“There appears to be a good deal of self-compliance on this stretch of carriageway regardless of the fact that the current speed limit is the National speed limit, and it begs the question as to why there is a need to reduce the posted speed limit if we already have such a low average speed without reducing the speed limit. Taking into the proposals we would have no objections to the reductions as proposed, however taking into account there have been no reported injury collisions in the past five years, it is unlikely we would conduct any targeted enforcement at this location. “

Highways have asked me for comments on the scheme, not in respect of any alternatives but whether or not the scheme meets the needs of the residents I have contacted them on behalf of and I therefore look forward to receiving your thoughts and comments on the proposals.