I was recently asked by some residents and some parents at the Primary school when a 20mph zone might be implemented on the east side of Leeds Road. Set out below is the response I have received from the Highways Engineer.
“My apologies for the slight delay in responding to you on this matter, this email had been sat in my drafts.
You will be aware that the introduction of 20mph zones is a lengthy process and cannot be achieved in the short space of time as desired. The introduction of a Speed Limit Order through the ‘Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984’ requires the highway authority to undertake varying consultation, legal and public advertisement processes to ensure the Order is introduced fairly and appropriately. All in all, this process takes a minimum of six months from commencement and often longer, as was the case with the Holt Park scheme.
The processes we must undertake, including the cost of the physical works associated with such schemes mean that the introduction of a 20mph zone is not a cheap process and therefore must be programmed appropriately utilising dedicated funding. The area in question is not currently within a forthcoming programme for 20mph zones. You will be aware that the Council targets areas around schools as a priority for its 20mph schemes, as agreed by the Executive Board and this programme of works is expected to run to 2020 based on current funding levels, after which other residential areas that do not have a school in their immediate vicinity may be targeted depending on funding priorities.
There is a desire from Leeds City Council to reduce the speed limit on all appropriate residential roads, in line with the desire set by central government. To be able to reduce the speed limit appropriately it must be shown through existing mean speed data that the existing speeds are at a level appropriate for a lower speed limit. If this is not the case but can be lowered to a suitable level through the introduction of traffic calming features, then this is the usual practice. A potential issue with the area in question is the lack of street lighting would preclude the Council from implementing any vertical traffic calming, as this is prohibited. If the speeds are too high and cannot realistically be lowered without traffic calming measures, it may result in the Council not being able to reduce the speed limit in this particular area. Such a determination however can only be reached at the time of scheme feasibility and as stated earlier, this area is not currently programmed for implementation and is not expected to be for the foreseeable future.
I am sorry I cannot be more positive in my response at this current time, although I trust you understand the reasoning behind the answer provided.”