Committee to receive a verbal presentation from Gary Smith, Head of Highways and Transport, in collaboration with the Metropolitan Police Service.
The presentation will cover police powers and expectations, and guidance from Highways and Transport on traffic calming measures that can be implemented to mitigate speeding and 'hotspots' in the local area.
Indicative timing: 30 minutes
The Head of Highways and Transport presented a report on speeding motorists in the local area, which can be found attached to these minutes. Traffic accidents across the three wards over the last three years had been analysed to identify those accidents which were caused by speeding. Speeding included driving over the speed limit of the road and driving too fast for the conditions at the time.
The Committee were shown that the number of pedestrians killed by speeding dramatically increased as the speed went up, from 1/40 when the vehicle was travelling at 20mph to 9/10 when the vehicle was travelling at 40mph.
There were a number of methods that could be used to change driver behaviour, from further education and training and designing road which reduce speed, using both traffic calming measures and physiological measures. It has been found that the most effective measures to reduce speed is traffic calming, 20mph zones and automatic speed signs. Policing was stated as being fundamental to reducing speed and it was important that the Council worked with them to identify areas of improvement.
In the London Borough of Sutton there are not safety cameras on Council roads, however there were some on Transport for London roads. These were only placed where there were high levels of major accidents, and had been found to reduce death and serious injuries by 42%.
Within the three wards, over the last three years, 137 accidents had occurred, of which 10 were speed related. The accident sites were going to be investigated to establish whether any changes could be made to the environment to reduce the risk of accidents reoccurring. Speed surveys were going to be undertaken at the sites using 24 hour automatic traffic counters, and officers requested councillors and residents should suggest any further roads where there were concerns regarding speeding.
It was noted that the vast majority of accidents were due to drivers not taking due care, such as checking their SatNavs and using their mobile phones. Furthermore, residents sometimes have a perception that speeding was taking place when vehicles were travelling at the speed limit.
Mr Peter Mattey suggested that the VA’s the Council owned could be moved to be more effective. The Head of Highways and Transport agreed to look into whether it was possible. In addition, Mr Mattey requested that the two cameras on Belmont Rise be switched on. It was noted that these were Transport for London cameras which the Council could not activate. Officers were aware that TfL were upgrading cameras and would look into whether the cameras on Belmont Rise were being upgraded.
The Committee noted that Portsmouth City Council had introduced a 20mph speed limit across 94% of roads, however it was suggested that while it was a cost effective way of reducing speed it was not as effective as introducing traffic calming measures.
Councillor David Hicks enquired whether there was data on the impact of drivers using mobile phones, the number being caught and what the penalty was. Councillor Tony Shields requested that the Police bring statistics relating to mobile phone use to the next committee.
Councillor Graham Whitham suggested that it was important that Sandy Lane and Burdon Lane were considered in their entirety, rather than a piecemeal approach.
1. A report on the analysis of speed surveys and accidents be brought to the next Local Committee, with the following roads included:
· Mayfield Road, The Ridgway and Chalgrove Road
· Hulverston Close
· Roads to be provided by the Cheam and Belmont Safer Neighbourhood Team ward panel
· Peaches Close, near the sports club
· Anne Boleyn’s Walk
2. A report on the analysis of all traffic accidents be brought to a future Local Committee.