20 mph in Bath & North East Somerset

Making residential streets safer

We are carrying out consultation across local communities about making many residential roads a 20 mph limit.

By making neighbourhoods safer and more attractive, a greater number of people will be encouraged to walk, cycle and spend time in their local community.

Why are we doing this?

Our area has one of the best records in the country for road accidents, due partly to the investment in measures like pedestrian crossing and the safety education programmes we have in place with local schools. 

By introducing 20 mph speed limits on local streets we are improving road safety even further.  National independent statistics back this up - The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents estimates that a pedestrian has a ninety per cent chance of surviving being hit by a car at 20 mph, falling to a fifty per cent chance at 30 mph and to ten per cent at 40 mph.

What is the process for introducing these limits?

Firstly, we carry out informal consultation with local communities where we propose to introduce the 20 mph limit. A leaflet is issued to households with a questionnaire asking people for their view, including whether or not they support the proposal.

Secondly, we analyse the results and decide whether or not to formally advertise a proposal for a  Traffic Regulation Order. If we do proceed, the public get the chance once again the submit their comments.

Thirdly, following this stage the Cabinet Member for Transport will consider any objections and make a final decision. Clear signage on the roads affected by the Order is placed on residential streets and the 20 mph limit becomes enforceable by the Police.

We have already announced the order of implementing the zones community by community.

How are these limits enforced once they are in place?

The Police have welcomed the concept of a 20 mph speed limit in built-up areas. They are working alongside the Council to raise awareness of the new limits and encouraging drivers to adhere to them. 

No traffic calming measures will be introduced in combination with the introduction of the limits. The scheme will only cover appropriate residents streets, not main roads, and will avoid using over intrusive signage.

All proposals are for 'signs only' schemes in expectation that attitudes towards speeding in residential areas will change.  

Latest project timescales

Area 5 - Westmoreland/ Oldfield/ Lyncombe/ Widcombe

    • Mon 19/5 – Fri 6th June Implementation Works

    • Mon 12/5 – Fri 23/5 Pole Installation

    • Mon 26/5 – Fri 30/5 Sign Erection

    • Mon 12/5 – Fri 30/5 Road Marking Roundel Placement & Amendments*

*Weather Dependant.

Area 7 – Radstock/ Westfield

  • Mon 01/09 – 12/09 Implementation Works
  • Mon 1/9 – Fri 19/9 Pole Installation
  • Mon 22/9 – Fri 3/10 Sign Fixing
  • Mon 1/9 – Fri 3/10 Roundel Road Markings*

 *Weather Dependant.

 Area 8 – Walcot/ Lansdown/ Lambridge

    • Mon 09/6 – Fri 20/6 Implementation Works

    • Mon 16/6 – Fri 20/6 Pole Installation

    • Mon 16/6 – Fri 20/6 Sign Erection

    • Mon 02/6 – Fri 13/6 Road Marking Roundel Placement & Amendments*

*Weather Dependant. 

Area 9 – Abbey/ Kingsmead

    • Mon 30/6 – Fri 18/7 Implementation Works
    • Mon 23/6 – Fri 04/7 Pole Installation
    • Mon 07/7 – Fri 11/7 Sign Erection
    • Mon 23/6 – Fri 11/7 Road Marking Roundel Placement & Amendments*

 *Weather Dependant. 

Progress details

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Ref
AREA
Leaflet
dist
date
Leaflet
return
date
Proposal
supported
Order
advertised
Deadline
for
responses
Cabinet
decision
Speed
limit
operational

1

Twerton

13/02/

2012

02/03/

2012

Yes

07/06/12

28/06/12

Proceed

01/08/12

24/09/12

2

Peasedown

St John

26/07/

2012

24/08/

2012

Yes

10/09/12

30/11/12

20/12/12

Proceed

04/03/13

28/06/13

 

 

3

Newbridge

Weston

Lansdown(part)

Kingsmead(part)

15//08/

2012

17/09/

2012

Yes

14/11/12

17/01/13

07/02/13

Proceed

17/04/13

01/12/13

 

4

Keynsham

28/08/

2012

10/10/

2012

Yes

04/12/12

07/03/13

28/03/13

Proceed

28/05/13

01/12/13

 

5

Westmoreland/

Oldfield/

Lyncombe(part)/

Widcombe(part)

20/09/

2012

10/10/

2012

Yes

14/12/12

14/10/2013 14/11/2013

Proceed

May 2014

29/07/14

 

6

Midsomer Norton

12/10/

2012

07/11/

2012

No

17/01/12

AREA WITHDRAWN FROM PROGRAMME

 

7

Radstock/

Westfield

21/11/

2012

21/12/

2012

Yes

14/02/13

14/10/13 14/11/2013

Proceed

June 2014

CONSTRUCTION STAGE

 

8

Walcot/

Lansdown/

Lambridge(part)

10/12/

2012

14/01/

2013

Yes

27/02/13

09/01/2014 30/01/2014

Proceed

May 2014

09/06/2014

 

9

Abbey/

Kingsmead(part)

22/02/

2012

15/03/

2013

Yes

18/09/13

09/01/2014 30/01/2014

Proceed

May 2014

12/05/2015

10

Batheaston/

Bathampton/

Bathford/

Beckford Gardens

15/03/

2013

12/04/

2013

Yes

18/09/13

01/05/2014 20/05/2014 Proceed 27/11/2014 12/05/2015

11

Odd Down/

Combe Down

29/07/

2013

12/08/

2013

Yes

18/09/13

01/05/2014 20/05/2014 Proceed 27/11/2014 12/05/2015

12

Saltford

29/07/

2013

26/08/

2013

Yes

18/09/13

01/05/2014 20/05/2014 Proceed 27/11/2014 12/05/2015

13

Lyncombe(part)/

Widcombe(part)

14/10/

2013

08/11/

2013

Proceed

10/03/2014

18/12/2014 15/01/2015 Proceed 27/03/2015 IMPLEMATION DUE BEFORE MAY 2015

14

Bathwick

14/10/

2013

08/11/

2013

Proceed

10/03/2014

18/12/2014 15/01/2015 Proceed 27/03/2015 Dec 2015

15

Other residential

areas in rural

villages

Due for implementation 2014/15 Yes 13/08/2014 7/12/2014 Not Required  Dec 2015

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