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New vehicle-activated signs put in place to boost road safety

Published on Thursday, June 13, 2019

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VEHICLE-activated safety signs have been installed on parts of the city’s road network to reduce traffic speeds near schools, pedestrian crossings, sharp bends and known accident sites.

Leicester City Council has carried out the work as part of a city wide speed reduction and road safety programme.

The first phase of seven signs were installed this month, at a cost of £24,000. They were placed at Anstey Lane, St Matthew’s Way, Red Hill Way, Thurncourt Road, Carisbrooke Road, Knighton Road and Windley Road. At some of the sites, additional road safety measures are also being installed, including speed cushions, static signs and new road markings.

The vehicle activated signs are connected to a central monitoring system, which will monitor their effect on traffic speeds.

Leicester City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “These initial seven signs are the result of us working closely with ward councillors to identify persistent problems, and in some cases responding to petitions demanding action to tackle speeding traffic.

“The sites involved in this first phase are where we think vehicle-activated signs could be very effective in warning drivers of particular dangers, and the need to slow down.

“Some are based on our own traffic monitoring which shows excessive speeds, and others are where residents have reported ongoing problems with cars exceeding the speed limit.

“These are designed to be part of an annual programme, which will be rolled out to other locations in the city over the coming years, in order to make streets across the whole city safer.”

A vehicle-activated sign has been installed along the northbound stretch of Carisbrooke Road in Knighton, following a petition from residents calling for action to tackle speeding.

Persistent complaints about speeding are also behind the decision to install a new warning sign in Thurncourt Road.

A city-bound stretch of Anstey Lane has also got a vehicle-activated sign installed, to tackle speeding traffic near to Beaumont Leys School and English Martyrs School.

In the city centre, high traffic speeds on the northbound carriageway of St Matthews Way near to the junction of Wharf Street South are behind the decision to install the warning sign, while in Saffron Ward, a sign was installed on Windley Road northbound following a petition from residents calling for action to tackle speeding following an accident in 2017.

At Red Hill Way, a new sign has been activated to slow down drivers coming from a 40mph stretch of road into a 30mph zone, while another new sign has been installed and brought into use at Knighton Road in Knighton, to cut speeds on a downhill stretch of the road already featuring extra road markings and bollards.

The work complements the existing vehicle activated signs forming part of the speed-reduction scheme on Welford Road. It is part of an ongoing programme of road safety measures in communities across Leicester, including 20mph zones, traffic-calming and other safety schemes.

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