ePetition - 20mph Speed Limit on Portland Road

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20mph Speed Limit on Portland Road

We the undersigned petition Brighton & Hove Council to 1. Immediately bring forward an officer report to Environment, Transport & Sustainability Committee with a view to introducing a 20mph speed limit to Portland Road in Hove; 2. Detail within said report why safety measures for Portland Road that have been negotiated already by Cllrs Nemeth and Peltzer Dunn have not been introduced; and 3. Increase patrols to tackle dangerous parking on Portland Road.

1. Immediately bring forward an officer report to Environment, Transport & Sustainability Committee with a view to introducing a 20mph speed limit to Portland Road in Hove;

2. Detail within said report why safety measures for Portland Road that have been negotiated already by Cllrs Nemeth and Peltzer Dunn have not been introduced; and

3. Increase patrols to tackle dangerous parking on Portland Road.

This ePetition ran from 17/05/2021 to 14/07/2021 and has now finished.

687 people signed this ePetition.

Council response

We receive a large number of requests for speed limit reductions across the City. The Police would need to support any proposed reduction in speed limit and they are unlikely to do this without physical measures being put in place to reduce and manage speeds along the entire corridor. This would require a detailed design, full consultation and an appropriate budget and resource to be identified in order to take it forward. As things stand, priority for such schemes is given to locations that already have a high casualty risk level that specifically relate to speed related collisions. Based on the current casualty history for Portland Road it would not be possible to prioritise a speed limit reduction scheme of this type above and beyond the current agreed programme of works. However, officers are in the process of reviewing the current Road Safety Strategy and a report on this, which will include an updated approach to the management of speeding concerns, will be brought to a future committee.
We are also in the process of developing a series of road safety improvements for the Portland Road corridor as part of our S106 programme. This will include the following key elements:
The key aims of the scheme are as follows:

• Improved visibility at six junctions via build-outs and/or raised tables
• Improved pedestrian safety through reduced crossing distances and better visibility
• Speed reductions through the introduction of central hatch markings to visually narrow the carriageway and through tighter junctions to slow turning vehicles
• Improved cycle safety through the introduction of parking buffer zones and cycle symbols to encourage cyclists to take a primary position adjacent hazards such as junctions and parked vehicles
• Improved cycle infrastructure with the addition of cycle parking along the corridor.

These works are in the final stages of development and works are planned to commence from November this year. If the petitioners would like to view details of the proposed improvements then please pass on your details and one of our officers would be happy to provide further information.

Portland Road is visited several times per day by enforcement officers and they will be increasing patrols of the area. Dangerous parking can be reported directly to enforcement officers on the number provided on the parking web pages. The administration is supportive of more 20mph roads in the city so I am proposing not only to receive the road safety strategy report, but also one more specifically to assess feasibility for 20mph on Portland Road and similar roads.

 


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