Fears for pedestrian safety as traffic speeds through Devizes

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: David Duncan, Michael Watson, Judy Rose and Ray Rogers, believe a pedestrian crossing could help to slow the traffic on Bath Road, Devizes David Duncan, Michael Watson, Judy Rose and Ray Rogers, believe a pedestrian crossing could help to slow the traffic on Bath Road, Devizes

A serious accident is feared by residents of Bath Road, Devizes, as traffic hurtles past their homes, sometimes at almost twice the legal speed limit.

The protesters say they have to cope with lorries that thunder past in the early hours of the morning and, except at peak times, vehicles travel along the stretch of road between Prison Bridge and Caen Hill typically at between 35mph and 45mph.

Ray Rogers, who represents a group of 15 residents, says they often count 15,000 vehicles a day passing their homes.

He said: “We tried Community Speedwatch to begin with but because we all had to wear bright yellow coats, they could see us coming and vehicles passing us would flash their lights at traffic coming in the other direction, so it was a total waste of time.

“I bought myself a speed gun and checked the traffic for myself. There are cars going through here at 60mph. It is nothing to see three or four cars following each other through at 50 to 55mph.”

The neighbours have set up their own unofficial traffic count and found 850 to 1,280 vehicles passing every hour - 15,000 a day.

Mr Rogers said: “We know we live on a busy road and we accept that but we want people to observe the speed limit.”

Recently, the Gazette reported a campaign by town councillor Judy Rose to have a pedestrian crossing installed in Bath Road, which would have the effect of slowing traffic down and this has the backing of Mr Rogers and his friends.

Wiltshire councillor Philip Whitehead, who has responsibility for roads in the county, has taken on board the fears of residents and set in motion the process that could lead to a crossing.

He told the Gazette: “We plan to do Metro counts on Bath Road to get some accurate figures on speeding.

“We will also carry out counts of pedestrians crossing the road, especially to get to the Spar shop.

“On the basis of those figures we can work out what kind of crossing is needed, whether an informal crossing with just markings on the road or a light-controlled Pelican crossing.

“I understand it must be very frustrating from the residents’ point of view. It all seems to take ages and they want something done now. But we must be sure we are doing the right things before we start spending public money.”

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5:25pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Grumpy of Calne. says...

Surely they should be wearing hi-viz clothing.
Surely they should be wearing hi-viz clothing. Grumpy of Calne.
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12:25am Sat 29 Mar 14

Cucumber says...

"Ray Rogers, who represents a group of 15 residents, says they often count 15,000 vehicles a day passing their homes".

Hardly a huge protest if only 15 people could be bothered to voice concern.
I wish i had all day to sit about and watch the traffic, no wait a minute, forget that, i have a job to do and i would not want to sit about with that large looking brussel sprout next to me.
"Ray Rogers, who represents a group of 15 residents, says they often count 15,000 vehicles a day passing their homes". Hardly a huge protest if only 15 people could be bothered to voice concern. I wish i had all day to sit about and watch the traffic, no wait a minute, forget that, i have a job to do and i would not want to sit about with that large looking brussel sprout next to me. Cucumber
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12:18pm Sat 29 Mar 14

saferroads says...

The object of wearing a Hi viz jacket is for the operators of the speed watch safety Seeing the hi vizk also makes the traffic slow down. Also why has it taken Wiltshire council so long to put a metro tape there If you go to any village in Wiltshire you will find that the traffic is speeding more than the limit
The object of wearing a Hi viz jacket is for the operators of the speed watch safety Seeing the hi vizk also makes the traffic slow down. Also why has it taken Wiltshire council so long to put a metro tape there If you go to any village in Wiltshire you will find that the traffic is speeding more than the limit saferroads
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9:02pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Moonraker41 says...

Traffic routinely speeds through Devizes, be it London Road, Bath Road or Nursteed Road. As residents of these roads we accept (as said above) that we live on main roads. We simply ask that drivers, be they drivers of cars or large lorries, respect the speed limit and drive according to the conditions of the road. That is all we ask. The speed limit is 30. That's 30, not 31, 32, 35 or whatever you think is closest to it. Yes, these are main roads, but they are also residential and close to the retail centre of town and most of the town's schools. Will it really take a serious accident to slow people down? We all have to get somewhere, but take a moment to understand why speed limits exist and OBSERVE THEM please.
Traffic routinely speeds through Devizes, be it London Road, Bath Road or Nursteed Road. As residents of these roads we accept (as said above) that we live on main roads. We simply ask that drivers, be they drivers of cars or large lorries, respect the speed limit and drive according to the conditions of the road. That is all we ask. The speed limit is 30. That's 30, not 31, 32, 35 or whatever you think is closest to it. Yes, these are main roads, but they are also residential and close to the retail centre of town and most of the town's schools. Will it really take a serious accident to slow people down? We all have to get somewhere, but take a moment to understand why speed limits exist and OBSERVE THEM please. Moonraker41
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9:36am Fri 4 Apr 14

Redevo says...

You can't "routinely" speed ANYWHERE in Devizes!, you can routinely queue and crawl through Devizes, and a snail goes quicker up London Road than traffic!
You can't "routinely" speed ANYWHERE in Devizes!, you can routinely queue and crawl through Devizes, and a snail goes quicker up London Road than traffic! Redevo
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