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Petition calls for traffic lights on busy Coventry road plagued by speeding drivers

Felix Nobes 2nd Apr, 2019

A PETITION to install traffic lights on a Whitley road plagued by speeding drivers has gained more than 200 signatures.

It states motorists are driving more dangerously along London Road since its bus lanes were removed.

It also says cars do not give way to traffic turning into Abbey Road, nor as drivers turn on to London Road, creating safety fears.

But Coventry City Council transport chiefs say newly installed average speed cameras are limiting speeding, and traffic signals will not be introduced.

Conservative Councillor Roger Bailey has supported the petition along with 212 others.

A council officer’s report states: “Analysis of personal injury collisions at this junction revealed that accidents were predominantly related to speeding vehicles.

“To prevent collisions at this junction, we have installed Average Speed Cameras (ASE), as described below.

“There are currently no proposals to signalise London Road’s junction with Abbey Road, however this junction will continue to be monitored as part of our annual collision review.”

ASE cameras are a relatively new speed enforcement technique that detect vehicles through Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) and calculate there ir average speed by measuring the time taken to travel between defined points, a known distance apart.

The report adds: “ASE has many benefits including speed management, and unlike traditional ‘fixed’ camera locations, ASE enhances road safety over the entire length of London Road, including its junction with Abbey Road.

“Although ASE became operational in January, feedback from councillors and through observations reveal that ASE has decreased the number of drivers speeding at this location.”

London Road is a major route into and out of Coventry, and carry’s a high volume of traffic, the report states.

Abbey Road and the surrounding road network comprises residential properties and a number of schools.

The report states other measures introduced are also managing speeding, such as a Vehicle Activated Sign (VAS) and ‘school ahead’ and ‘slow’ markings.

The report states that cabinet member for city services Patricia Hetherton considered the petition prior to the meeting next Monday (April 8) and in response requested that the issue was dealt with by determination letter.

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