(This article has been renamed from ‘traffic calming’ to stop spamming by internet robots)
Natasha Dunlop is collecting thoughts and comments regarding
traffic safety on The Green, with a view to asking for a safety review by Norfolk Highways. If you would like to contribute please comment on this page.
Natasha writes the following:
‘The Green is a long straight street in the village of Surlingham. It has no pavements. Over the years the volume of traffic has steadily increased, as has the number of pedestrians. During the school run many families walk with their children to the village school. As there are no pavements children are walking on the road and often children, especially the very young ones, move out towards the middle of the road.
Traffic can move fast along The Green because it is long and straight, and often exceeds the 30 MPH limit. Although many cars slow down for pedestrians it is not consistently the case, particularly at rush hour which coincides with the time to walk to school. I believe that there is a high risk of an accident happening.
There is a blind turn leading from School Lane onto The Green. I feel that this is a particularly high risk area for pedestrians.
I feel that a review of pedestrian safety on The Green is needed in order to ascertain the level of risk of pedestrian accident and to consider methods for reducing this risk. It would be terrible if this review happened too late and in response to an accident, which is why we feel it is vital to highlight this risk now’
Report of Public Meeting held to discuss traffic calming (October 2012)
Parking in the village, particularly around the school.
The safety of children getting into and out of cars at school drop off times.
Parking close to turnings partially blocking that turning.
Parking blocking the bus route.
Speeding within the village and on route from Bramerton.
Potential for pedestrian and traffic accidents at corners and junctions.
Existence of derestriced speed limits within village.
Boundaries of current speed limit, not covering outskirts of village.
Large vehicles travelling through the village and sometimes mounting the pavements.
Limited ice gritting of roads within the village.
Lack of safe designated walking areas for pedestrians.
Large number of potholes.
Discussion, ideas and potential solutions
The idea of alternative parking for parents and other parish hall users was suggested. This idea was seen as positive by all villagers but it was agreed that the logistics of finding alternative parking was difficult. Green’s Croft was mentioned as a possible area for additional parking but there was no firm agreement on this.
The idea of changing the bus route was briefly discussed.
Idea raised of doing a parking survey.
Idea of white lines down the middle of the road on bend of road between The Green and The Street and at Ferry Corner.
Idea, to request that potholes are filled
Idea, to request extra drainage.
Idea, to request additional ice gritting.
Idea, village sign “Please drive safely”
Idea, car drivers, parents and school children to share lifts where possible.
Idea, all school children to be supplied with fluorescent jackets.
Idea, letter to parents regarding parking around the school.
Idea, traffic safety training to be provided by the school to all children
Idea, bollards and double yellow lines at junctions near pond to prevent parking at these junctions.
Idea, alternative routes to school avoiding The Green or Walnut Hill.
There was brief discussion regarding a one way system around the village, this was raised as a possible way or reducing head on traffic collisions but there were concerns that a one way system may encourage some drivers to go faster.
There was discussion around the idea of limited and/or set school parking times. Some villagers strongly supported this suggestion while others felt that it was important to allow parents time within school to drop off their children, talk to teachers and meet and chat with each other.
Idea, walk to school campaign.
Idea, chicane on The Green in order to slow traffic. Briefly discussed, some villagers felt that this would not be feasible without street lighting. Some villagers felt that they wished to avoid street furniture which they felt may spoil the rural look of the village.
Idea, white line to act as a virtual pavement.
Idea of community speed watch discussed by the police officers present – involves members of the public using police equipment to collect speeding data. Police would send warning letters, but not fines, to speeders caught on camera. Many thanks to the villager who put their name down for this, we currently have just one volunteer so further volunteers needed if the community speed watch is to go ahead. Please contact the Parish Council or member of the village road safety committee if you would like to volunteer.
Idea, 20 mile an hour speed limit around school.
Idea, request/campaign for 20 mile an hour speed limit for whole village (strong village agreement).
Idea, request/campaign for removal of derestricted speed limits within village (strong village agreement).
Idea, to extend village boundary covered by speed limits (strong village agreement).
Idea, a community campaign for villagers to drive at 20 miles an hour within the village.
Idea, school traffic safety/ speed reduction poster competition.
Idea, request police speed check.
Idea, to request range of feasible possible options for improving road safety from county council.
Idea, traffic survey road wires (wires placed on road to record traffic data).
Idea, villagers to be sent leaflets to engage further villagers in road safety debate.
Offer, from bus driver, bus company may be able to provide pictures from bus camera to support road safety campaign.
Information supplied by Natasha Dunlop