These signs, which typically flash the prevailing speed limit to approaching vehicles, were introduced in York about 10 years ago.
Flashing speed sign locations indicating those that are faulty
York locations where speed is a concern Click to enlarge
They are now seen across the country with many now using a system which alerts drivers to their actual speed.
Sadly the Council has not maintained the signs in York and several have not been working for many months.
Those that are faulty include the sign on Wetherby Road on the outbound carriageway. This was a problem location with the blind bend making it potentially hazardous for drivers reversing into their driveways.
A report to a meeting next week identifies £50,000 which will be used to repair the faulty signs. The signs have had some success as anyone, who watches vehicles approaching an illuminated sign, will often see brake lights being applied by speeding drivers.
List of street where layout changes are proposed. Click to enlarge
We think that a trial, where the actual speed of the vehicle is displayed, should be implemented in the City.
There is also now a “smart” sign available which records the actual speed of passing vehicles (but not the identity) which would give traffic engineers valuable information about behaviours but without the need to set up special equipment.
Another concern is the suggestion that the signs may only be used where an accident has been reported in the previous three years.
Whereas accident locations should get priority for signs and camera enforcement, we believe that sites where a significant proportion of vehicles exceed the 30 mph limit, would also justify maintenance of the signs.
The report proposes action to reduce speeding at 16 sites. Most involve low cost lane marking changes. A complete list of detailed proposals for all locations can be viewed by clicking here
A list of sites to be reassessed – which includes Green Lane and Askham Lane – can be viewed by clicking here
There are three roads – including Moor Lane in Woodthorpe and two roads in Copmanthorpe – which have acknowledged speeding issues which have still to be addressed
At Wetherby Road officials propose the introduction of cycle lanes.
They don’t claim that there are large numbers of cyclists using this section of the highway (a new off road route for cyclists linking Rufforth was opened recently) but they claim that lanes – and the removal of central markings – would prompt drivers to be more cautious.
We have our doubts about that.
As a minimum, we would like to see the area added to the rota of visits by the Police speed camera van.
The faulty speed warning sign also needs to be repaired quickly.
Wetherby Road proposed highway layout changes click to enlarge