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Traffic Calming in our High Street Oct 2010

The HWA campaigned for a number of years over the issue of high speed traffic on the High Street. Our High Street is the heart of our community and we want it to feel safe and welcoming, not a place where people scurry to hide from high speed cars and lorries.

Over the years our calls for a 20 mph speed limit, for speed cameras and/or for better signage were all rejected by the Council.

But in 2010 we tried a new approach – to ask the Council’s traffic planning department to look into low-cost, zero maintenance traffic calming measures. We specifically didn’t want speed bumps but we felt that one or two bollards (which we now know to call pedestrian refuges!) and some changes to the layout of the parking spaces would make it physically harder for traffic to speed down the road. The pedestrian refuges also make it far safer for pedestrians to cross from one side of the road to the other, helping to make the High Street feel more ‘human’.

Chris Smith and Mick Potter at the Council agreed with us, and in October 2010 the changes were made. Everyone we’ve spoken to agrees that the High Street is a safer and more pleasant place to be as a result.

You can read the full story of the HWA campaign in our past newsletters by clicking here.

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