Review of 20mph Limits and Zones within Exeter

Devon County Council has been reviewing the 20mph zones and limits across Exeter.

As part of this review they have identified a number of roads in Cowick that require attention and DCC have detailed the roads and the changes proposed.

Franklyn Drive
This road is covered by the traffic regulation order as a road within the 20mph restriction, however it has never been signed. Due to the nature of the road it is unlikely that traffic would be able to exceed 20mph however bringing it into the 20mph zone will remove the need to sign the road humps in the road.

Recommendation – Readvertise the road as 20mph and erect terminal signs on both sides of the road if approved.

Orchard Gardens
This road is covered by the traffic regulation order as a road within the 20mph restriction, however it has never been signed. Due to the nature of the road it is unlikely that traffic would be able to exceed 20mph.

Recommendation – Remove the road from the traffic regulation order and reinstate the 30mph limit by virtue of street lighting.

DCC  hope to advertise these amendments- and the others across the whole of the city –  as soon as they have received comment  a decision from all elected members (ie councillors!) involved. It is anticiapated that the changes will be advertised early to mid October and implemented by the end of November.

20 mph zones were first introduced in Cowick in 2000, and it was felt then that both Franklyn Drive and Orchard Gardens were suitable for inclusion in the Broadway 20 mph zones. And if DCC had done their job properly back then, these 2 roads would have been within that zone.

I note the recommendation is to reinstate Orchard Gardens to 30 mph by virtue of street lighting.

If DCC had erected the necessary 20 mph gateway signs – and any other repeater roundels/carraigeway roundels –  to make Orchard Gardens compliant back in 2000 then we probably wouldn’t be having this debate.

So please, Devon CC, 20s plenty for Orchard Gardens!

 

 

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One thought on “Review of 20mph Limits and Zones within Exeter

  1. I’ve received this reply from DCC’s Traffic Orders team:

    Review of 20mph Limits and Zones within Exeter [Alphington & Cowick] Orchard Gardens

    Thank you for your e-mail passing on Councillor Bull’s comments.

    I acknowledge that the current traffic regulation does cover all roads in Cowick (except Cowick Lane, Buddle Lane & Dunsford Road) and this is not in question.

    As part of our review we have identified that these roads have never been signed since the original 20mph scheme was introduced. It is because of this that we are unable to introduce the 20mph speed limit without advertising it as a new restriction.

    So to amend this legal discrepency we have two options.

    1) To amend the 20mph traffic regulation order and remove the road

    2) Readvertise the 20 mph restriction for the road and introduce terminal signs (& repeater signs) where necessary

    It is therefore recommended to proceed with the first option as this is the more appropriate option and maintains the current situation on street.

    I hope this is helpful.

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