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School safety zone in Swindon is working, survey says
2:57pm Friday 8th February 2013 in News
THE implementation of a school safety zone in Haydon Wick is having the desired effect, according to a traffic survey.
The zone, which has been part implemented at the junction of Thames Avenue and Pen Close, was causing concerns for residents who contacted their local councillors about the speed of traffic following the new layout.
However, a survey showed the majority of traffic is travelling well within the speed limit of 30mph.
The original intended outcome of the improvement works was to remove the chicane feature in order to address local people’s concerns over traffic queuing in advance of the existing build out.
Removing the build-out gave the opportunity to provide a raised table that raises awareness of the junction and manages traffic speeds.
The survey showed that the average speed of vehicles travelling westbound had stayed almost the same as before the improvements were made, and traffic travelling eastbound has slowed down.
Coun David Renard, (Con, Haydon Wick), said: “The results confirm the majority of traffic is travelling well within the posted speed limit of 30mph.
“The proposed 20mph limit as part of the School Safety Zone is an advisory limit that is operational at school opening and closing times.
“It is anticipated therefore that when the SSZ signs are installed a further reduction in vehicle speeds at the specified times will be evident.
“With the current layout as it is, the survey shows that vehicles travelling towards Whitworth Road are travelling more slowly.”