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Dear Rhondda Cynon Taff Council,

Why is there traffic calming measures / speed management system in Rhydyfelin by Heol-Y-Celyn Primary School?

What was the process in imposing traffic calming measures / speed management system in Rhydyfelin by Heol-Y-Celyn Primary School?

What research and sampling information has been carried out before traffic calming was put in place in Rhydyfelin by Heol-Y-Celyn Primary School? (Do you have any statistics?)

What was the community feedback in Rhydyfelin on traffic calming measures / speed management system being imposed and how was the information gathered? (E.g. surveys etc.)

What was the cost of the traffic calming measures / speed management system in Rhydyfelin by Heol-Y-Celyn Primary School?

What type of traffic calming measures / speed management system are imposed in Rhydyfelin by Heol-Y-Celyn Primary School?

What was the catalyst in implementing traffic calming measures / speed management system in Rhydyfelin by Heol-Y-Celyn Primary School?

Has traffic calming / speed management system in Rhydyfelin by Heol-Y-Celyn Primary School worked / or have carried out the job that they were imposed for? Do you have any information / or statistics to back up your answer.

Please can all answers be as detailed as possible because they are required to support my University dissertation. If there is any other information held on this topic, I would appreciate if this can be sent to me.

Yours faithfully,

Michael Jones

Freedomofinformation, Rhondda Cynon Taff Council

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Dear Rhondda Cynon Taff Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Rhondda Cynon Taff Council's handling of my FOI request 'traffic calming measures / speed management system in Rhydyfelin'.

I requested information 28 November 2016, and still no response

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/t...

Yours faithfully,

Michael Jones

Director, Legal & Democratic Services,

Dear Mr Jones

I refer to your email requesting an internal review of a freedom of
information request that you submitted in relation to traffic calming
measures by Heol-Y-Celyn Primary School, Rhydyfelin.

As the Director of Legal and Democratic Services it falls to me to
consider such appeals.

Firstly, at the outset, I would like to apologise for the delay in the
requested information reaching you. It is always the Authority's intention
to comply with the statutory timescales laid down in the Freedom of
Information Act and provide the Authority's response within the 20 day
working day period.

I have now discussed the matter with relevant officers and I therefore set
out below the information that you have been waiting for:

Q. Why is there traffic calming measures / speed management system in
Rhydyfelin by Heol-Y-Celyn Primary School?

A. The 20 mph speed limit and associated traffic calming measures were
implemented as part of a Welsh Government Funded Safe Routes in
Communities scheme. The community had indicated concern for pupils and
residents due to high traffic speeds, particularly on Holly Street and
Dyffryn Road. Concerns about speeding traffic were also included in the
Community Access Plan prepared by key stakeholders representing the
Rhydyfelin community. The proposals were developed in order to address the
identified concerns and provide significant benefits for the wider
community by introducing new road safety measures that improve the
pedestrian environment surrounding schools, college, community centres,
shopping area and leisure centre.

Q. What was the process in imposing traffic calming measures / speed
management system in Rhydyfelin by Heol-Y-Celyn Primary School?

A. The Authority follows procedures in accordance with the Highways Act
1980, Highways (Road Humps) Regulations 1999 and Highways (Traffic
Calming) Regulations 1999 and Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.

Q. What research and sampling information has been carried out before
traffic calming was put in place in Rhydyfelin by Heol-Y-Celyn Primary
School? (Do you have any statistics?)

A. A traffic speed survey took place during October 2010 and recorded
speeds of 30.9mph northbound and 29.8mph southbound (85th percentile), on
Dyffryn Road, 30.2mph eastbound and 31.8mph westbound (85th percentile) on
Holly Street, despite being a 30mph area.

Q. What was the community feedback in Rhydyfelin on traffic calming
measures / speed management system being imposed and how was the
information gathered? (E.g. surveys etc.)

A. A public consultation exercise was undertaken during which letters were
sent to all residents of Dynea Road, Holly Street and the businesses at
Dyffryn Road. A Public Exhibition was also held on 4th November 2014. 42
representations were received, with 39 respondents indicating their
support for the scheme, while 3 were opposed.

Q. What was the cost of the traffic calming measures / speed management
system in Rhydyfelin by Heol-Y-Celyn Primary School?

A. The 20 mph speed limit and traffic calming measures were implemented as
part of a package of improvements including footway improvements, upgrade
of a zebra crossing and cycle storage. The total scheme cost was
£569,643.31

Q. What type of traffic calming measures / speed management system are
imposed in Rhydyfelin by Heol-Y-Celyn Primary School?

A. 20mph speed limit and zone in conjunction with 1.9m wide cushions and
full width flattop humps.

Q. What was the catalyst in implementing traffic calming measures / speed
management system in Rhydyfelin by Heol-Y-Celyn Primary School?

A. The 20 mph speed limit and associated traffic calming measures were
implemented as part of a Welsh Government funded Safe Routes in
Communities scheme. The community had indicated concern for pupils and
residents due to high traffic speeds, particularly on Holly Street and
Dyffryn Road. Concerns about speeding traffic were also included in the
Community Access Plan prepared by key stakeholders representing Rhydyfelin
community. The proposals were developed in order to address the identified
concerns and provide significant benefits for the wider community by
introducing new road safety measures that improve the pedestrian
environment surrounding schools, college, community centres, shopping area
and leisure centre.

Q. Has traffic calming / speed management system in Rhydyfelin by
Heol-Y-Celyn Primary School worked / or have carried out the job that they
were imposed for? Do you have any information / or statistics to back up
your answer.

A. Post scheme monitoring is yet to be undertaken. It is due to be
undertaken in the forthcoming financial year.

Q. Please can all answers be as detailed as possible because they are
required to support my University dissertation. If there is any other
information held on this topic, I would appreciate if this can be sent to
me.

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Information Commissioner. You will find further details of the process on
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Yours sincerely

Christopher B. Jones
Director of Legal and Democratic Services

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