Traffic

Sue Mill
traffic@pixhamresidents.org

The Traffic position was created by the Pixham Residents Association because members had expressed concern about the speed of traffic using Pixham Lane. Surrey Police have a scheme called Community Speed Watch which has reduced traffic speed where used, and made people more aware that high speeds cause danger and damage to life.

Surrey Police hold training sessions for residents to learn how to use the radar equipment safely and responsibly. There is a team of eleven trained people who record traffic on Pixham Lane, usually for an hour at a time. Their log is sent to Surrey Police, who match the vehicles with their owners/driver and take appropriate action.


Purpose
To expand the understanding of and gain greater support for the Pixham Community Speedwatch education programme amongst residents and local businesses.
To nurture the existing resident volunteers engaged in the programme and to encourage involvement of other residents in the programme.
 
Liaison with:
  • PRA Committee
  • Police

Meetings to attend:

  • Committee meetings held every month
  •  AGM

Estimated time commitment: About four hours a week during the summer and two hours a week in the winter


Responsibilities
    •    Ensure all equipment properly maintained (fresh log sheets, jackets clean, gun calibrated and charged)
    •    Maintain regular communication between volunteers
    •    Send log to police following each CSW session
    •    Organise, with Police, training sessions for new volunteers.
    •    Promote education focus of programme whenever suitable.

Email to: amy.rockell@surreycc.gov.uk

posted 12 Jun 2009, 00:38 by Unknown user

Amy,
 
Could we please put this question to the panel of the Local Committee meeting on the 24th June.
 
This from the document, “Inventory of 20mph Zones in Surrey” updated in March 2007 by Surrey County Council.
 
Because of the documented benefits of 20 mph zones, Surrey County Council included the following key proposal within their Local Transport Plan (LTP), covering the period April 2001 to March 2006: “We will implement 20 mph zones in a systematic way as part of area wide schemes in urban areas, and the streets around schools will generally be made 20 mph zones. If there are clear reasons for a higher speed limit being retained, other lining, signing and calming measures will be employed.” (LTP section 4.9.6, page 72).
 
We also refer you to the Council to the House of Commons, Transport Committee, “Ending the Scandal of Complacencey: Road Safety beyond 2010: Eleventh Report of Session 2007-08: Report, together with formal minutes, oral and written evidence”, printed by the House of Commons 15 October 2008.
 
58. The safety benefits of lower speeds—20 mph or below in residential areas, town centres and around schools—have long been recognised by the Department for Transport. Progress has been made with tackling inappropriate speed and many areas have been traffic calmed, with 30 mph or 20 mph limits. Yet this has been a slow and expensive process and, although effective in engineering terms, they have rarely enhanced the attractiveness of our streets in the way that schemes in other countries have done.
 
60. Ways must be found to satisfy the desires of local communities for safer streets. We recommend that local authorities be given the powers and resources to introduce 20-mph limits much more widely. Flexibility is required to avoid the prohibitive costsassociated with some approaches. The balance of engineering measures, technology, policing and community influence should be a local matter.

 
The situation in Pixham Lane, Pixham (a B road) is similar to that in Highlands Road, Leatherhead (a B road), already a 20mph area. We believe that the accident rate per year in the 3 previous years is higher in Pixham Lane than 0.66 accidents/year used in determimation for the 20mph zoning in Highlands Road.
 
At both ends of Pixham Lane the motorist has to stop and it would take approximately 44 seconds longer to travel the distance of the Lane, unimpeded at 20mph than at the current 30mph limit. There is a primary school (on a blind bend), nursery, home for the elderly and a church opening out onto the Lane. There are a number of properties with no footpath from which residents have to walk directly into the Lane. There are, especially at weekends, a number of walkers crossing the Lane to access Box Hill. Residents are continually reporting to the Residents Association incidents where they have narrowly avoided being struck by speeding motorists. From the Denbies end it is 320m to the central bollards, 142m to the pinch point, 285m to the traffic lights and 332m to the end at Reigate Road, all arguably existing traffic calming measures.
 
The Residents within Pixham have requested action to reduce the speed of traffic travelling through Pixham. Given that there was a road traffic accident in Pixham Lane on the morning of 9th June where a resident narrowly avoided being fully struck by a car rolling over onto its side following a collision and two young drivers managed to get out of their vehicles without serious injury, at what point will the County Council actually implement 20mph zones which it promised to do in 2007. There is absolutely no reason to maintain a 30mph limit in Pixham Lane and the Residents Association now formally request it be lowered. Please support our request.
 
Kind regards,
 
Paul Finch
Chair Pixham Residents Association

Crash!

posted 12 Jun 2009, 00:24 by Unknown user   [ updated 12 Jun 2009, 00:35 ]

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A crash in Pixham Lane (long anticipated by the residents), early morning on 9th June prompted Paul Finch to send this email to Ben Tatham. If you have anything you would like to add please email Stephen Edgar on communications@pixhamresidents.org


Ben,
 
You are aware that one of the primary goals of the Pixham Residents Association is to address the issue of speeding traffic along Pixham Lane, to which end the Speedwatch Campaign that the Surrey Police have assisted us with is having an initial impact, but it is not enough and we want the speed limit lowered.
 
Many residents, especially those on Pixham Lane itself, are genuinely awaiting the first fatality from a road accident. There have been collisions in the past but the speed and volume of the traffic combined are going to result in death / serious injury at some point soon. This is not a new issue for Pixham.
 
Please find evidence attached from today. It seems relatively clear from speaking to one of drivers involved that the young lady who overturned her mini into the front of the post office building and destroyed the post box (built in its brick pier) was just not paying attention and three vehicles are now damaged as a result.
 
I understand that at the time, a touch before 09:00, Pam Street, who looks after the church had only just posted a letter and parents were dropping off infants at the nursery.
 
One of our residents Sav, who has recently moved into a property just up from the accident site contacted me and the 20splenty group to report that stepping out onto the Lane last week resulted in almost being knocked down by a speeding motorist.
 
Luckily, this time, no-one has been seriously injured.
 
If there is the will to address the problem, it will be resolved.
 
Our intention has always been to progress the Speedwatch campaign, change the streetscene in the Lane and improve the identity of Pixham (signage, planting etc) and together with a lowered Speed Limit we are wholly convinced residents will experience a much safer Pixham.
 
Look forward to hearing from you.
 
Kind regards,
 
Paul

Speedwatch Update!

posted 28 Mar 2009, 08:35 by Unknown user   [ updated 11 May 2009, 01:23 ]

Many residents cited the issue of speeding traffic as the biggest source of irritation in Pixham. In response to this we have worked in co-operation with Surrey Police and commenced with the co-ordination of our Community Speedwatch Group. Under the guidance and authority of the Police, volunteers receive training in the correct procedures. We have identified 3 prime sites along Pixham Lane which have since been risk assessed by the Police. These sites are approved and we have now completed the training on the roadside under the guidance of Officer Pete Yard.


The current speed limit of 30 mph is enforceable by prosecution once the driver exceeds the speed limit by 10% +2mph, which equates to 35mph. The volunteers, in pairs, currently operate for an hour at a time randomly through the week.

 

If a vehicle is detected exceeding the enforceable limit, the details are logged. At the end of a session the details are relayed to the Community Speedwatch Team at Surrey Police. If the recorded details match those on the Police National Computer then the owner of the vehicle is sent a ‘Yellow’ warning letter, followed by a ‘Red’ warning letter for a second recorded offence. On the third occasion the owner is liable to prosecution.


The scheme is set up to allow communities to provide education to speeding motorists, it’s not seen as a method by which motorists are punished.

 

In our first session, within 30 minutes we had recorded 7 motorists exceeding the enforceable limit, all of whom will now have received their first warning letter. The impact from the roadside is immediate. We hope the random nature of our rotas has its effects long into the future.

 

We urge as many residents as possible to join the Speedwatch group for these reasons;

  1. We can establish regular and more frequent rotas of Watchers;
  2. With more frequent rotas we have the opportunity to build up a much better statistical picture of traffic and its speed in
    the Lane;
  3. The volunteers need not be on the rota often;
  4. It will serve as a good indication to all that the residents of Pixham are serious about getting the speed lowered in the Lane.

 The ongoing results of Speedwatch will provide us with information to support our request to the County Council Highways Department to introduce a 20 mph limit through Pixham. Many residents feel that although we are unlikely to stop traffic cutting through the Lane it would be an important part of our changing identity to have the speed limit lowered. There will be many hoops to jump through on the way to a decision but we are optimistic that we can succeed.

 

If you would like to join the Speedwatch Group and sign up for the next training program please contact Chris via traffic@pixhamresidents.org. It only takes 1.5 hours of an evening, the roadside training takes no more than 10 minutes.

 

Contact Chris also if you would like to add your support to getting a reduced speed limit through Pixham.

Speeding

posted 28 Mar 2009, 08:34 by Unknown user   [ updated 28 Mar 2009, 08:34 ]

One of the main concerns of residents when we wet up the PRA was speeding traffic along Pixham Lane. We are pleased to announce that in co-operation with the Surrey Police and through the efforts of the Associations task member Chris Hitchins, there is now a functioning Speedwatch group. This is part of our efforts to slow traffic down and increase the awareness of drivers in Pixham. It is an education focused activity and Chris will present more on the activity in due course.
 
Please be aware therefore that groups of volunteers will be out monitoring speed randomly hereon in. The information recorded can ultimately be used by the Police to prosecute speeding motorists.
 
Chris is however in need of more volunteers to attend the Surrey Police training programme. It takes only an hour or so of one evening together with ten minutes of roadside training. All over 18 years of age are welcome. Please contact Chris for further details.
 
Chris Hitchins
Hitchingsx2@uwclub.net
07914 961274
01306 887920

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