Dear Ministry of Defence,
I have been advised by the Shropshire Council offices that the MOD still retain ownership of the above, publically accessed residential roadway, servicing over 100 houses. As such I would like to submit an FOI request regarding the speed restrictions for the Buntingsdale Park Road; whether it has been officially logged, registered and approved by the Council to be anything other than the nationally recognised Highway Code speed limit of 30 mph.
The default national road legislation and Highway Code for the speed of residential cars (even on a private road) still applies and would fall under the normal policing and regulation of highways when it comes to general public access and homes for the residents. If this is not the case, please also advise as part of the response to the below questions (i.e. whose responsibility is it to police and regulate these roadways and does that fall under the default Highway Code of 30pmh for built up areas?).
Therefore, my FOI is broken down into a multipart criterion questions as follows:
1 - Taking into consideration that, by default for any residential roadway, section 125 of the Highway Code (http://www.highwaycodeuk.co.uk/uploads/3...) on Speed Limits states for cars and motorcycles(including car derived vans up to 2tonnes maximum laden weight) to not exceed 30mph in a built up area, and that the ‘Setting local speed limits’ circular (https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk... page 18 section 6 and paragraph 65 page 19) denotes that “The national speed limit on street lit roads is 30 mph. Traffic authorities can, over time, introduce 20 mph zones or limits into: - Major streets where business on foot is more important than slowing down road traffic and; - Lesser residential roads in cities, towns and villages, particularly where this would be reasonable for the road environment, there is community support and streets are being used by pedestrians and cyclists.”, has there been an official request to lower the speed limit of this roadway with the authorities to any other speed lower than 30 mph? Assuming the road defaults to national policing and highway standards in a residential area, what is the currently registered, approved, and expected speed limit of the estate road?
2 - In deciding on the local speed limit restrictions, what assessments were carried out and when which could include (but not limited to):
a) clear evidence of the effect of reducing traffic speeds on the reduction of collisions and casualties
b) statistics of casualties and accidents on this specified roadway in Buntingsdale to warrant a change in speed and the reasoning given to warrant that change
c) previous average speed analysis and frequency of road usage for residential cars travelling in and out of the estate over the time period that was measured
Mr D Buckley
Your request has been logged under our reference 2020/07030 and the target
date for response is 20/07/2020.
Good afternoon Mr Buckley,
Please see attached correspondence in response to your below FOI request (FOI2020/07030). The Department requires that you clarify your request in order to obtain further information to determine whether it holds any information within the scope of your request.
Once you have clarified your request, the Department will be pleased to consider it again.
Dear DIO Sec-Parli (MULTIUSER),
Thank you for your response.
The roadway in question is the Buntingsdale Park residential area which is opposite the ATM Royal Irish Regiment at Tern Hill on the A41 (Market Drayton), if that helps to locate it.
I've attempted to attach some screen shots of maps to enable you to see it's location but the server is rejecting the email; can you send through an address to which I can forward? When I enquirer with the Shropshire Council, they advised the MOD still had ownership of the roadway despite it being publicly accessed now and should therefore be under the regulation of national highways and standard speed limitations in residential zones / built up areas.
Thank you for looking into this and I look forward to hearing from you further.
Your request has been logged under our reference 2020/07503 and the target
date for response is 30/07/2020.
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