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.
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.
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!