West Street, East Grinstead, Traffic Calming

Closed 31 Mar 2017

Opened 6 Mar 2017

Feedback Updated 6 Apr 2017

We Asked

We asked you to comment on the the build out and priority give way system proposed for West Street.

You Said

Thank you very much for completing the online consultation and for those of you who attended the little event in the library.  75% of those that responded supported the proposal and all of those identified as living in West Street itself. 

Many of you suggested in the comment section and at the event that the 20mph limit should be extended west into West Street and I have discussed this request with the Highway Manager.  Currently traffic speeds are too high for the implementation of a 20mph, this might sound strange but national guidance and the police are of the view that 20mph limits should be self-enforcing in that they should be introduced where the average car driver is not travelling too quickly.  However, once the works are complete I will have a further speed study carried out and will ensure that the results are passed along to your town council and the highway manager.  There is also a view that it would not make sense to treat only West Street but that any scheme of this kind should encompass adjoining roads as well. 

Some people also suggested that additional features such as humps and tables should be installed; we will keep these ideas in mind going forward but will see what can be achieved just with the proposed priority one way.  As I mentioned before we will do a speed evaluation in the months after the scheme has been installed.

A small number of respondents were concerned about parking and waste collections.  This proposal should not materially affect either of these provisions, there is no plan to change the parking restriction here although a space or so might be lost due to the build out section.

We Did

What we will do

I will now move the works into the build phase and have the job placed in this year’s build programme.  Due to other commitments this is likely to be toward the end of this year or into early 2018.  I will keep you informed of the likely start date nearer the time.  I will retain your email addresses for this purpose only but if you wish to be removed from the list please contact me directly.

Results Updated 6 Apr 2017

Results

Thank you very much for completing the online consultation and for those of you who attended the little event in the library.  75% of those that responded supported the proposal and all of those identified as living in West Street itself. 

Many of you suggested in the comment section and at the event that the 20mph limit should be extended west into West Street and I have discussed this request with the Highway Manager.  Currently traffic speeds are too high for the implementation of a 20mph, this might sound strange but national guidance and the police are of the view that 20mph limits should be self-enforcing in that they should be introduced where the average car driver is not travelling too quickly.  However, once the works are complete I will have a further speed study carried out and will ensure that the results are passed along to your town council and the highway manager.  There is also a view that it would not make sense to treat only West Street but that any scheme of this kind should encompass adjoining roads as well. 

Some people also suggested that additional features such as humps and tables should be installed; we will keep these ideas in mind going forward but will see what can be achieved just with the proposed priority one way.  As I mentioned before we will do a speed evaluation in the months after the scheme has been installed.

A small number of respondents were concerned about parking and waste collections.  This proposal should not materially affect either of these provisions, there is no plan to change the parking restriction here although a space or so might be lost due to the build out section.

Overview

Your local councillors have raised concerns, on behalf of residents and road users, about the narrow footways in West Street.   The speed and close proximity of vehicles and wing mirrors are a cause of concern and there have been a small number of reported injuries here.

It has been possible to include a small highways improvement scheme in a County Council programme of works, with the aim of helping to improve safety for footway users here.

Residents in the local area will receive a copy of the letter provided below:

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Why We Are Consulting

We have looked at a number of options and discounted a number of ideas as there is very little scope for physically widening the footways because the existing roads and footways are so narrow.  

The chosen proposal is to install a priority give way for traffic, with features to encourage drivers to move away from the northern footway.   Priority give way is a useful form of physical traffic calming and is expected to help provide a safer environment with traffic moving more slowly along this narrow section of road.   Consideration has been given to ensure that residents on the south side are able to access their driveways and so that traffic is eased away from pedestrians on the northern side.   There are currently no plans to change the parking controls, however it would not be physically possible to park where the proposed traffic island is.

The works shown on the drawing below are only proposed at this stage and it is important to receive your views so that we can be certain that this scheme is supported by the local community before we go ahead with building the scheme.

If sufficient support is gained for the scheme is may be possible to implement it later in 2017/18.

Here is a map of the proposal

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As we are seeking the views of many people, we are not able to reply to individual responses to this consultation.  Please be assured, however, that all feedback we receive will be carefully considered. 

 

 

 

Events

Areas

  • East Grinstead Town

Audiences

  • Car/Van Drivers
  • District/Borough Councils
  • Town Councils
  • Elected Members/Councillors
  • Service Users
  • Key stakeholders

Interests

  • Highways