The options for bringing in 20mph speed limits were discussed at a public meeting of the Parish Council’s Traffic & Transport Working Group on 20 May 2019. Many thanks to those who attended and contributed to the discussion – it is really useful to understand residents’ views for and against. The presentation can be downloaded here.
In the pipeline
Speed reduction measures are already in the pipeline for Histon and Rampton Roads. Features designed to reduce speeds of drivers entering Cottenham on Histon Road from the South include a 40mph buffer zone and making the beginning of the 30mph zone feel more like a village. On Rampton Road there will be a Toucan crossing to the west of the Lambs Lane junction, widening of the mini-roundabout and several speed cushions built later in 2019/early 2020.
20mph limit for Cottenham?
Essentially the introduction of 20mph limits are likely to be supported by CCC Highways and Cambridgeshire police where the average speed is already 24mph or less. If it is more than that, they will only support if there is traffic calming designed to bring the speed down to that average. The key issue is that the road must be ‘self-enforcing’ – where drivers would feel unsafe if exceeding 20mph. Extensive consultation with local residents and road users would be carried out before any introduction – including gauging views on the possible costs to the parish.
The first step would be to measure traffic speeds around the village to find out whether the averages are under/over the magic 24mph and the Parish Council will be asked next month to approve a budget for that work. Traffic surveys could take place later this year, when traffic has returned to ‘normal’ after the summer holiday. Depending on the results, a traffic engineer could be commissioned to propose possible traffic calming which could then be costed and the village consulted on whether they support it. Although in the past it has been assumed that residents as a whole would not support increases in the local precept (the Parish Council part of Council Tax) for things like this, times might have changed so that residents feel it would be a price worth paying to make the village safer to walk and cycle around – particularly for youngsters to travel safely to school and less mobile residents to feel safer on the pavements.
More news on this when the traffic surveys have been carried out and possible traffic calming proposed. Please come to the Parish Council stand at the Fen Edge Festival to discuss it further.