Half of drivers breaking 30mph limit along busy Burnham-On-Sea road
calls have been made this week for safety improvements along a busy
Burnham-On-Sea road after a new survey revealed half of drivers
continue to exceed the 30mph limit.
indicator device installed in Burnham's Stoddens Road recorded just
under 50% of drivers exceeding the 30mph limit during the period
between August 17th and September 5th this year.
study of 40,000 vehicles found 20,252 were driven at or below the
speed limit of 30mph. But 19,134 vehicles travelled between 30-40mph,
while 594 drivers travelled between 40mph-50mph, and 20 vehicles
were recorded driving over 50mph.
median speed was calculated at 29mph for August and 30mph for September,
both of which are compliant with the posted speed limit of 30mph
says the County Council.
Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge town councillors have expressed differing
views on whether the figures are promising during their latest meeting.
Janet Keen said: "There are a very small number of excessive
speeders, but we shouldn't get complacent about one or two because
it only takes one to have a major tragedy on our hands."
Peter Burridge-Clayton added: "I think overall these speeds
are pleasing - I think a median speed of 29mph in a 30mph zone shows
the traffic calming in Stoddens Road is working. I am very pleased
with these results - they are promising."
Cllr Phil Harvey responded: "I would add a word of caution.
The 'median speed' means the mid-point of the range so if there's
a 29mph median then 50% of drivers are doing more than the speed
limit. They are not exceeding by much, but there is still an issue
here. It is still an area where the speed indicator needs to be
used at regular intervals."
Andy Brewer added: "I'm sure a lot of the residents along Stoddens
Road would dispute the figures or their perception would be different.
I am in agreement that we need to keep up the speed indicator device
here. The overall average is coming down, which is encouraging,
but there were still 20,000 vehicles exceeding the speed limit and
we shouldn't lose sight of that."
Mike Facey said: "There are still some drivers going at exceptionally
fast speeds, paarticularly past Middle Stoddens just up from the
BASC ground. Last week there were two young men who were driving
way over 50mph - cars were having to pull in to the side of the
road to get out of the way of them. We need the speed monitoring
Paul Young said it may be time to consider road narrowing along
the road, saying: "the yellow lines work well on the sharp
bend juist beyond the Rectory Road junction, so perhaps a similiar
scheme further up towards the BASC ground could be an option."
Clerk Denise Emery said she would write to Somerset County Council
asking for the speed indicator device to continue to be located
along the road.
year, we reported how £20,000 of safety
improvements were introduced along Burnham's Stoddens Road with
new road markings and a 20mph limit on the bend near the Rectory