I have recently been advised that the Council are considering introducing a 20mph zone in the area. I asked for clarification of where, and also what road safety work will be done in the areas not covered by the zone. Set out below is an extract of the response received.
“To summarise the proposals:
- A new 20mph zone in the Holt Park area, but excluding all of Holt Lane and a portion of Holt Road.
- Four sets of speed cushions on Farrar Lane. The speed assessments on this road show mean speeds are currently higher than desired and these features will assist in lowering speeds accordingly. The measures are provided in locations near junctions and will not impact on driveway accessibility.
- Two sets of speed cushions and a speed plateau on Holtdale Approach. The speed assessments on this road show mean speeds are currently higher than desired and these features will assist in lowering speeds accordingly. The measures are provided in locations near junctions and will not impact on driveway accessibility.
- A series of speed cushions on Holt Lane and Holt Road from A660 Otley Road to the Holt Park Centre. The mean speeds on Holt Lane and Holt Road are too high to consider the implementation of a 20mph speed limit. There have been historical complaints of speeding along this route and by implementing a limited number of traffic calming features better driver behaviour will be encouraged.
Previous experience shows that when implementing 20mph zone schemes, the mean speed will fall by approximately 2-3mph in areas with traffic calming. With the mean speeds on Holt Lane/ Road of 28.0mph and 28.7mph, it is highly unlikely that the desired mean speed of 24mph would be achieved without a significant number of speed plateaus being introduced. This is simply not feasible due to the route being used as a bus route and also the designated heavy goods vehicle route for deliveries to the Holt Park Centre. The resultant noise and disruption would in our experience, be unacceptable to residents.
With regards to Holt Lane from Holt Road [to Cookridge Lane], the mean speeds on this route are recorded in excess of 30mph. This road is not subject to street lighting past the existing speed limit change from 30mph to 40mph and as such, I am prohibited by regulations from introducing any traffic calming features.
It is proposed to omit the whole of Holt Lane from the zone and Holt Road from Holt Lane to Holt Green. It is believed that the introduction of the zone at that point, prior to the bend by the Holt Park Centre, with accompanying road markings and red surfacing will be an appropriate point, with vehicles slowing for the bend and the access road to the Holt Park Centre.
It is proposed to introduce a number of speed cushions on Holt Lane/ Road. These will encourage drivers to use the route appropriately, given the historical concerns of speeding and assist in lowering speeds in the whole area. I am aware that there may be a limited amount of noise generated by vehicles, including the heavy goods vehicles and buses traversing these features.
The scheme will soon be presented to the Chief Officer Highways and Transportation at the Highways Board to seek approval to implement the scheme. The Board always considers all consultation feedback carefully before taking decisions.”
I would welcome your comments with an indication of your views on the scheme proposals. The closing date for comments is 19th June.