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Bumps in the road – watch for the impacts

tCI Commentary:

Whilst reading this everyday story of traffic management, we recall what happened thirty miles away some years ago…. Following a minor – but potentially serious – accident in a residential area, a vociferous campaign group lobbied for speed bumps and spent two years persuading the Council to invest in an extensive sequence of speed bumps. Eventually they were installed. But then the local Councillor intervened. No-one, he claimed had sought his advice, and he was being inundated by complaints from drivers who hated the new traffic calming measures. Apparently they had already led to some accidents and were causing damage to many cars. Over time, their protests multiplied and – you’ve guessed it – the speed bumps were removed. All this is just to remind everyone that communities are often split and that before spending public money, public bodies do well to consult well and wide to ensure that all shades of opinion are properly heard.


The plans for the traffic calming measures come after a string of complaints from residents over speeding drivers in the area

A public consultation is taking place to potentially install speed bumps on Wishawhill Main Street.

The plans for the traffic calming measures come after a string of complaints from residents over speeding drivers in the area.

Local Labour councillor Kenneth Duffy is pleased the council are taking action and called on residents to make their voices heard.

He said: “Time and again, constituents have expressed to me their concerns about the potential for serious accidents as a result of the traffic at the Main Street in Wishawhill. The safety of residents – and particularly our young people – is one of my top priorities as a councillor and I’m pleased that the council have recognised this. These speed bumps will make a huge difference to the lives of many and I hope they offer peace of mind to those who are worried about the safety of their loved ones.”


Article originally appeared on Daily record

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