Speeding traffic across Warley ward has been a persistent problem. Enforcement from the Police is only one to tackle this problem. Other solutions include traffic calming measures such as speed humps, gateways and traffic islands, or reducing speed limits.
Unfortunately engineering solutions come with quite a big price tag attached, and in the current climate of Calderdale Council having to make budget cuts there isn’t much money available for this type of work. Reducing speed limits is another route to take. Myself along with Cllr Ashley Evans have been campaigning for 20mph zones in those areas where residents are requesting them.
In order to build up evidence of where speeding presents the biggest problem we can deploy the Council’s Speed Indicator Device (SID). This device both warns motorists that are travelling to fast, and collects statistics. We are able to then use these statistics to present a body of evidence as to where speeding is occurring. The results the device generates are colour coded with a traffic light system, and the Police will prioritise enforcement in areas that get coded red.
We have been out recently on Moor End Rd with SID, collecting data. We also invited residents along to see this in operation, and to raise any concerns they have about speeding in the area. My main worry is that Police enforcement does not seem to be having an effect on this problem. Moor End Rd has for years been a known spot where cars speed, and as the results show this is still a problem.
I will be pressing for engineering works on the road, particularly on the corner at the top in order to reduce speed.