If the speed limit on Westway A40 is 40mph why do everyone else drive above that?

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Dear Transport for London,

I sometimes drive at the Westway A40 where the speed limit is supposed to be 40mph. Every few hundred meters there are markings on the ground and signs saying that the speed limit is 40mph and yet it seems like I am the only person driving at 40mph there as there are a myriad of cars driving at extremely high speeds which causes danger. You have signs saying that there are cameras and yet you do not take pictures of these cars. Why is that? Why do you allow dangerous driving? If the speed limit isn't 40mph then why do you have tens of signs saying it is 40mph? I am capable of driving at higher speeds but I am following the traffic rules and obeying them, but I am sick of these city cowboys driving at whatever high speed they like.

The second question is, how did you decide that the speed limit on this road should be 40mph? It seems to be an unreasonable speed limit, as even when you enter the Westway from Wood Lane (towards east) the sign asks you to drive at 50mph for 100 meters or so, after which you stop at traffic lights (where speed limit reduces) before you continue ahead. Now where is the common sense in that? A slip road leading you to Westway asks you to drive at 50mph and speed signs on Westway is 40mph.

It seems that you are neglecting the care of this very important and busy road. Either enforce the 40mph speed limit fixing the signage around the road, to enable consistency, or increase the speed limit (again making sure there is consistency and safety).

Yours faithfully,

Ed Mirr

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Mirr

 

TfL Ref: FOI-2079-1213

 

Thank you for your email received by Transport for London (TfL) on 4 March
2013 asking for information about the speed limit on the A40 Westway.

 

Your request will be processed in accordance with the requirements of the
Freedom of Information Act and TfL’s information access policy. 

 

A response will be provided to you by 4 April 2013.

 

In the meantime, if you would like to discuss this matter further, please
do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Eva Hextall

FOI Case Officer

 

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

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Dear Mr Mirr

 

TfL Ref: FOI-2079-1213

 

Thank you for your email received by Transport for London (TfL) on 4 March
2013 asking for information about the speed limit on the A40 Westway.

 

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Freedom of Information Act and TfL’s information access policy.  I can
confirm TfL holds some of the information you require. You asked:

 

You have signs saying that there are cameras and yet you do not take
pictures of these cars. Why is that?

 

Unfortunately, TfL does not hold this information. The police are
responsible for maintaining and operating safety cameras on the Transport
for London Road Network (TLRN) and only they would know whether the
cameras on the A40 are working. I would recommend you contact the police
for this information. Their contact details can be found on their website
at [1]http://content.met.police.uk/Site/Contac....

 

How did you decide that the speed limit on this road should be 40mph? It
seems to be an unreasonable speed limit, as even when you enter the
Westway from Wood Lane (towards east) the sign asks you to drive at 50mph
for 100 meters or so, after which you stop at traffic lights (where speed
limit reduces before you continue ahead. Now where is the common sense in
that? A slip road leading you to Westway asks you to drive at 50mph and
speed signs on Westway is 40mph.

 

The reduced speed limit was introduced due to maintenance that was
required to the structure.  Once the works are complete the speed limit
should return to 50mph.

 

We have looked at the posted speed limits in the area and there does seem
to be a discrepancy on the slip road from Wood Lane (which states 50mph
when the surrounding area is 40mph). We have passed this to the Highways
Operations Team to investigate.

 

If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable
to access it for some reason, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to
appeal as well as information on copyright and what to do if you would
like to re-use any of the information we have disclosed.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Eva Hextall

FOI Case Officer

 

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

 

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