Drivers still speeding on Woodsetts’ roads

Woodsetts councillors are concerned that drivers are still speeding through the village despite the introduction of new traffic calming measures.

Monday, 10th October 2011, 5:07 pm

At a meeting of the parish council last week they discussed Rotherham Council surveys which imply there has been a reduction in traffic speed at the crossroad.

“I have spoken to the council about this and I’m not convinced,” said chairman Richard Swann.

“I think the general perception is that people are still speeding down Dinnington Road and Woodsetts Road towards the cross road at excessive speeds.”

Coun Monica Carroll said the survey was done at around 10am when the traffic was light. She added: “I don’t see how these figures can possibly be put forward as an example of a good speed survey. As we know, early mornings, evenings and school times are worst.”

“If the signs had been delivered on time at least it would have alerted people to the fact the table is there.”

Borough Coun Darren Hughes said: “When we started this process 18 months ago we said it was just the first phase. We need to go back to RMBC and sit down with the planners to see what other measures are available.”

A spokesperson for Rotherham Council said in the last three years a total of five reported Personal Injury Accidents occurred at the junction of Dinnington Road and Gildingwells Road.

She added: “This in part, lead to calls from Woodsetts Parish Council for measures to be introduced that would reduce the danger to road users.”

“As a consequence, a number of traffic calming schemes for the area were produced and presented to the Parish Council in June 2010. These included traffic calming along the main route through Woodsetts, speed cushions either side of Gildingwells Road, or a raised junction hump at the crossroads.”

“From the schemes presented, Woodsetts Parish Council opted for a raised junction hump, which was subsequently constructed by Rotherham Council in August following completion of consultations on the scheme.”

She said initial results from speed surveys showed vehicle speeds, during free flow traffic conditions, have reduced.

She added: “However, as the scheme has only recently been implemented it is too early to determine what effect the raised junction hump will have on the number of Personal Injury Accidents at the crossroads. These figures will be monitored over time.”