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Waldenshaw Road Speeding

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Manor Mount
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Posted on Wednesday, 20 October, 2004 - 11:05 am:   

I think its about time the council did something about the number of cars that speed along Waldenshaw Road, using it as a short cut. I neally got knocked over this morning!

Perhaps speed bumps or a camera?
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Posted on Wednesday, 20 October, 2004 - 08:16 pm:   

This is not the first time that this subject has been covered. Manor Mount, David Road and Waldenshaw Roads are all rat runs and speeding and traffic violations occur on a daily basis. We have asked the Council and Councillors to review this situation but we have had no assistance with this matter. Earlier this year a person was knocked down by a car travelling the wrong way down Manor Mount - something has to be done before someone is seriously injured. How can we escalate this matter.
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Posted on Wednesday, 20 October, 2004 - 11:09 pm:   

I agree about Waldenshaw. I cross it most mornings and frequently encounter drivers with only rat running in mind - a real hazard to pedestrians.

No doubt with local authority budgeting, more than 19.6 pedestrians need to be killed per year at this location before it is a priority...
baggie Dave
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Posted on Thursday, 21 October, 2004 - 01:27 pm:   

The interesting thing about most of those who drive the wrong way down Manor Mount is that they don't do this slowly - just in case they meet an unwary pedestrian or car, they hammer down! There are some one way devices that car parks use, a set of teeth that are hinged in one direction ie you don't damage your car driving in the right direction. Dunno whether these can be used on public roads (perhaps the old argument about emergency vehciles needing to go the wrong way).
Honor Oak Road is also dreadful - average speeds of 50mph plus - made worse by Fairlawns school where some selfish parents part on the pavement narrowing the road futher.
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Posted on Thursday, 21 October, 2004 - 02:56 pm:   

Is manor mount a 1 way-er? Sounds like it is.

You should try and get the council to change the road back to 2 way traffic? It's fairly easily done and requires just the removal of signs etc (as opposed to costly, intrusive, and ugly 'traffic calming' measures.
I know it sounds crazy-talk but 1 way roads encourage higher speeds as drivers don't worry about a car turning into the road towards them and so hammer along.
Also, lifting parking restrictions works in the same way by reducing the usable road area and slowing traffic.
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Posted on Thursday, 21 October, 2004 - 04:31 pm:   

I think the point being made aplanner is that the problem lies not so much in people speeding the correct way down a one way street but people speeding the WRONG way down a one way street!

Fair point about changing it back to 2 way though - would presumably correct the problem. although, as far as I can remember it's quite a narrow road.
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Posted on Thursday, 21 October, 2004 - 07:30 pm:   

Bosco it is a narrow road and with limited parking in the area cars are parked on both sides making it even narrower. It sounds as if we have a problem with rat running in Forest Hill full stop and it needs to be resolved before there is a death or serious injury.
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Posted on Friday, 22 October, 2004 - 02:28 pm:   

My sentiments exactly. See my latest entry in Ewelme/Benson/Devonshire ratrunning- a saga that has been going for 15 months. It is clear that this is issue is not being taken seriously and that perhaps the answer is to combine forces to make the Council aware that local residents are really not going to put up with this problem nor council apathy. There is a Forest Hill Steering Group meeting scheduled for 16th December- I understand that this is going to be the last meeting ever- this needs to go on the agenda for this. Suggest also a separate campaign meeting to be arranged locally.
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Posted on Saturday, 23 October, 2004 - 06:40 pm:   

R I agree. How do we push this forward if the Forest Hill Steering Group is dissappearing and our counillors do not wish to assist us on this one.

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