Eastwood Drive Traffic Calming
For several years local residents have expressed concerns about the speed of traffic travelling along Eastwood Drive and the level of cut-through traffic, avoiding queues on Burton Road.
Following on from the results of last year’s consultation the intention is now to investigate the introduction of traffic calming by installing speed cushions for a period of three months to assess their impact.
The decision to use a vertical method of traffic calming like speed cushions and road humps is based on evidence which suggests the measure reduces speeds and cut through traffic more than other types of traffic calming and is more suitable for residential roads with multiple access points.
The use of speed cushions as opposed to the standard round top road humps is for the trial only. However, if the trial is successful the intention will be to make the scheme permanent. This might mean retaining the cushions or replacing them with round top road humps. If the trial is unsuccessful and speeds and through traffic don’t reduce, then the cushions will be removed and further investigation into possible road closures will continue.
The Scheme, as illustrated on the plan (TMS35-TC1), proposes the following:
- to install five sets of speed cushions along Eastwood Drive
- the humps will be a height of no more than 75mm
- the space between each hump will be approximately 50 metres
The height and spacing mentioned adhere to national guidelines based on research into the most effective traffic-calming layouts. The current location of the cushions is for guidance only although large positional changes will not be possible if the scheme’s integrity is to be preserved.
The start date of the trial is still to be confirmed. However, we anticipate installation between mid to late October.
Prior to installation, we are carrying out a consultation to gauge the opinions of local residents and businesses. This consultation will be for a period of three weeks, from 14 September until 5 October during which time you can comment by writing to Derby City Council, Traffic and Transportation, Communities and Place, The Council House, Corporation Street, Derby, DE1 2FS or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org