Road maintenance

Traffic management

We manage traffic flow in the borough to improve safety.

Traffic calming and speed humps

The decision to use traffic calming measures is based on information supplied by the police. Roads, junctions and residential areas are ranked according to the number of personal injury accidents occurring within them. The areas that are ranked highest receive traffic calming first.

Traffic calming measures that we consider include:

  • speed humps
  • mini roundabouts
  • coloured surfacing
  • signing
  • chicanes

Speed humps are a very effective means of controlling vehicle speeds and have been used widely throughout the borough as a measure to decrease the numbers of personal injury accidents. They are also used in 20mph zones.

Speed limits

In an urban area with street lights there is an automatic 30mph limit. In other areas the national limit applies unless a formal order has been made to set a different speed limit.

Experience shows that drivers tend to drive to the character of a road rather than a wrongly set speed limit. Introducing a limit on its own does not mean that speeds will reduce. Driving speed plays a big part in the cause and severity of road accidents.

Traffic signals and pedestrian crossings

Traffic signals in the borough include:

  • signal-controlled junctions
  • pedestrian crossings - Puffin or Pelican signals
  • cycle crossings - Toucan signals

The most critical signals are linked to an Urban Traffic Control computer system based in Chelmsford.

Signal maintenance is operational 24 hours a day. When a fault is reported or detected by the controller, action is taken to fix the fault. Urgent faults are acted upon within 4 hours and non-urgent 8 hours.

We receive many requests for new crossings. When assessing locations we consider:

  • the number of people crossing
  • the amount of traffic
  • numbers of injures on the road near the site
  • nearby features such as schools and shops

: 01375 366 100