Speed reduction on A270 Lewes Road hailed a success

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The introduction of a lower speed limit along a busy road has been hailed as a major success following a dramatic reduction in the number of crashes.

There has only been one accident on the A270 Lewes Road since Brighton and Hove City Council decided to reduce the speed limit from 40mph to 30mph earlier this year.

Sussex Safer Roads Partnership said there had only been one collision resulting in a slight injury since the speed limit on the A270 Lewes Road between Natal Road to Moulsecoomb Way changed from 40mph to 30mph on January 18.

In 2011 there were nine collisions on the same stretch of road with three resulting in serious injuries or death.

The speed reduction was introduced earlier this year as part of a city-wide pilot scheme which saw 20 mph zones introduced on 15 streets around local schools and 40mph zones reduced on Lewes Road, Brownleaf Road and Old Shoreham Road.

The camera was hooded on December 15 in preparation for the change of speed limit and was kept out-of-operation throughoutthe start of the year to allow motorists to adjust to the change.

New figures also show that no speeding tickets had been issued since the camera was brought back into service on June 14.

In 2010, 53 fines were issued and ten speeding awareness courses attended by motorists caught speeding by the camera.

Neil Hopkins, spokesman for Sussex Safer Roads Partnership, said: “Due to the significant drop in collisions and casualties at this site, we are conducting less active enforcement at present.

“This reiterates our message that casualty reduction is our primary aim, not penalising the motorist.

“Motorists should be aware that all of our sites are actively enforced from on a regular basis, and there is no easy way of knowing when there is a live camera in the housing at any one moment.

“The site has not had an active camera installed as the collision record since January is very good but we will certainly be enforcing in the future.”

A Brighton and Hove City Council spokeswoman said: “The combined re-introduction of the speed camera and 30 mph limit has made a marked improvement to road safety on the Lewes Road.

“The council is currently proposing the phased introduction of a 20mph limit for residential and shopping streets in the city which we hope will encourage more cycling and walking, bringing road safety benefits, as well as reducing congestion and improving air quality.

“Most major roads will remain at 30mph to ensure that limits are realistic without the need for extensive traffic calming.”

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11:03am Mon 24 Sep 12

Phani Tikkala says...

“The council is currently proposing the phased introduction of a 20mph limit for residential and shopping streets in the city which we hope will encourage more cycling and walking, bringing road safety benefits, as well as reducing congestion and improving air quality."

Are they for real? Any fule kno that slower moving/stationery traffic = lower air quality
“The council is currently proposing the phased introduction of a 20mph limit for residential and shopping streets in the city which we hope will encourage more cycling and walking, bringing road safety benefits, as well as reducing congestion and improving air quality." Are they for real? Any fule kno that slower moving/stationery traffic = lower air quality Phani Tikkala
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11:30am Mon 24 Sep 12

Pitviper says...

Drivers slow to 30mph for the camera the speed back up to 40mph. The only reason there are no accidents is that the university students have finally learned how to cross the road safely rather than darting across to catch the bus!!
Drivers slow to 30mph for the camera the speed back up to 40mph. The only reason there are no accidents is that the university students have finally learned how to cross the road safely rather than darting across to catch the bus!! Pitviper
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11:43am Mon 24 Sep 12

Nick Brighton says...

Phani Tikkala wrote:
“The council is currently proposing the phased introduction of a 20mph limit for residential and shopping streets in the city which we hope will encourage more cycling and walking, bringing road safety benefits, as well as reducing congestion and improving air quality."

Are they for real? Any fule kno that slower moving/stationery traffic = lower air quality
Validated evidence please.
[quote][p][bold]Phani Tikkala[/bold] wrote: “The council is currently proposing the phased introduction of a 20mph limit for residential and shopping streets in the city which we hope will encourage more cycling and walking, bringing road safety benefits, as well as reducing congestion and improving air quality." Are they for real? Any fule kno that slower moving/stationery traffic = lower air quality[/p][/quote]Validated evidence please. Nick Brighton
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11:57am Mon 24 Sep 12

Maxwell's Ghost says...

So one accident so far with seven months to go in the financial year and the uni students have not started back yet so perhaps a bit early to crow.
Using this stretch of road the most dangerous period is in the winter when the students are back and the footy season kicks off with midweek games.
Perhaps it's a little too early to tempt fate.
Also when the inside lane becomes a bike/bus lane I would anticipate more accidents with the impossible right turns.
So one accident so far with seven months to go in the financial year and the uni students have not started back yet so perhaps a bit early to crow. Using this stretch of road the most dangerous period is in the winter when the students are back and the footy season kicks off with midweek games. Perhaps it's a little too early to tempt fate. Also when the inside lane becomes a bike/bus lane I would anticipate more accidents with the impossible right turns. Maxwell's Ghost
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12:04pm Mon 24 Sep 12

graham_Seagull says...

Any reduction in accidents is good news.

Amazing how people can try to turn this good news into 'oh not so good' or 'oh good but what about....'.

Its good news pure and simple
Any reduction in accidents is good news. Amazing how people can try to turn this good news into 'oh not so good' or 'oh good but what about....'. Its good news pure and simple graham_Seagull
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12:24pm Mon 24 Sep 12

Maxwell's Ghost says...

No Graham, some of us like our date and reporting to be wholly accurate not local government spin.
You may believe in Santa Claus and the green spin machine, the rest of us were born to question.
The figures are only accurate if they are from the same reporting period.
No Graham, some of us like our date and reporting to be wholly accurate not local government spin. You may believe in Santa Claus and the green spin machine, the rest of us were born to question. The figures are only accurate if they are from the same reporting period. Maxwell's Ghost
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12:25pm Mon 24 Sep 12

Old Ladys Gin says...

What is not needed in out towns is more tinkering.
What is needed IMHO is a change in attitude and priority with the most vulnerable, the pedestrian, having the highest priority.
Our dumbed down Highway Code is still very much geared (no pun) in favour of motorised vehicles.
Most of our neighbouring countries changed that from the year 2000 (some before) and they have among the lowest pedestrian and cycle casulties.
We, who have not changed the emphasis by law, have among the highest casulaties.
The answer as with everything else has got to come from the top.
What is not needed in out towns is more tinkering. What is needed IMHO is a change in attitude and priority with the most vulnerable, the pedestrian, having the highest priority. Our dumbed down Highway Code is still very much geared (no pun) in favour of motorised vehicles. Most of our neighbouring countries changed that from the year 2000 (some before) and they have among the lowest pedestrian and cycle casulties. We, who have not changed the emphasis by law, have among the highest casulaties. The answer as with everything else has got to come from the top. Old Ladys Gin
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12:31pm Mon 24 Sep 12

Surely not! says...

Phani Tikkala wrote:
“The council is currently proposing the phased introduction of a 20mph limit for residential and shopping streets in the city which we hope will encourage more cycling and walking, bringing road safety benefits, as well as reducing congestion and improving air quality."

Are they for real? Any fule kno that slower moving/stationery traffic = lower air quality
Your intellectual development and knowledge appears to be on a par with molesworth's.
[quote][p][bold]Phani Tikkala[/bold] wrote: “The council is currently proposing the phased introduction of a 20mph limit for residential and shopping streets in the city which we hope will encourage more cycling and walking, bringing road safety benefits, as well as reducing congestion and improving air quality." Are they for real? Any fule kno that slower moving/stationery traffic = lower air quality[/p][/quote]Your intellectual development and knowledge appears to be on a par with molesworth's. Surely not!
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2:24pm Mon 24 Sep 12

graham_Seagull says...

Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
No Graham, some of us like our date and reporting to be wholly accurate not local government spin.
You may believe in Santa Claus and the green spin machine, the rest of us were born to question.
The figures are only accurate if they are from the same reporting period.
in retrospect I probably agree with you. I checked out the Safer Roads website and whilst I couldnt find anything immediately to hand for this story, I could find a complete spanking of the Argus for their previous 'sensationalist' (the safer roads very own word!) reporting on Lewes Rd.

It makes very interesting reading of just how poor the jounalism is within the Argus....strangely I cant recall the Argus reporting this news release!!

http://www.sussexsaf
erroads.gov.uk/newsn
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[quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: No Graham, some of us like our date and reporting to be wholly accurate not local government spin. You may believe in Santa Claus and the green spin machine, the rest of us were born to question. The figures are only accurate if they are from the same reporting period.[/p][/quote]in retrospect I probably agree with you. I checked out the Safer Roads website and whilst I couldnt find anything immediately to hand for this story, I could find a complete spanking of the Argus for their previous 'sensationalist' (the safer roads very own word!) reporting on Lewes Rd. It makes very interesting reading of just how poor the jounalism is within the Argus....strangely I cant recall the Argus reporting this news release!! http://www.sussexsaf erroads.gov.uk/newsn ew/1079-a270-lewes-r oad-corrections-to-r eporting-by-the-argu s.html graham_Seagull
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5:03pm Mon 24 Sep 12

Sussex jim says...

How do I explain to the trucker up my chuff that the limit is now 30?
How do I explain to the trucker up my chuff that the limit is now 30? Sussex jim
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6:11pm Mon 24 Sep 12

nocando says...

the answer to that according to the driving assessment instructor on my speed awareness course was to gently accelerate where safe to do so. Just not in front the camera.
(i didn't actually do this, I told him I didn't mind being tailgated because it wasn't my car. Didn't do my attitude score any favours)
the answer to that according to the driving assessment instructor on my speed awareness course was to gently accelerate where safe to do so. Just not in front the camera. (i didn't actually do this, I told him I didn't mind being tailgated because it wasn't my car. Didn't do my attitude score any favours) nocando
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7:51pm Mon 24 Sep 12

Somethingsarejustwrong says...

The reduction in speed limit on this stretch of road is farcical and has achieved nothing.

As a regular user of this road - into the city on a weekday morning and then back out in the evening - I can happily average 50+ mph on this stretch, with of course a piece of hard breaking at the camera and rapid acceleration beyond.

Together with the other 5K + daily travelers doing the same, nothing has been achieved and the people who instigated the change should be ashamed for the damage they are doing to the environment....hard braking and acceleration;etc
The reduction in speed limit on this stretch of road is farcical and has achieved nothing. As a regular user of this road - into the city on a weekday morning and then back out in the evening - I can happily average 50+ mph on this stretch, with of course a piece of hard breaking at the camera and rapid acceleration beyond. Together with the other 5K + daily travelers doing the same, nothing has been achieved and the people who instigated the change should be ashamed for the damage they are doing to the environment....hard braking and acceleration;etc Somethingsarejustwrong
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12:43pm Tue 25 Sep 12

MrPresident says...

Nick Brighton wrote:
Phani Tikkala wrote:
“The council is currently proposing the phased introduction of a 20mph limit for residential and shopping streets in the city which we hope will encourage more cycling and walking, bringing road safety benefits, as well as reducing congestion and improving air quality."

Are they for real? Any fule kno that slower moving/stationery traffic = lower air quality
Validated evidence please.
Erm.. this is a well known fact that I have been quoting since the greens started talking about a 20mph limit. Go google it. Fine if the council want to bring this policy in for safety reasons, but this the GREEN party. This surely shows they know nothing about thier 'specialist' subject.
[quote][p][bold]Nick Brighton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Phani Tikkala[/bold] wrote: “The council is currently proposing the phased introduction of a 20mph limit for residential and shopping streets in the city which we hope will encourage more cycling and walking, bringing road safety benefits, as well as reducing congestion and improving air quality." Are they for real? Any fule kno that slower moving/stationery traffic = lower air quality[/p][/quote]Validated evidence please.[/p][/quote]Erm.. this is a well known fact that I have been quoting since the greens started talking about a 20mph limit. Go google it. Fine if the council want to bring this policy in for safety reasons, but this the GREEN party. This surely shows they know nothing about thier 'specialist' subject. MrPresident
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