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We the undersigned petition Westminster City Council to introduce a 20mph speed limit on Elgin Avenue. More details
Petition update from the council, 22 December 2014Petition: to introduce a 20mph speed limit in Elgin Avenue, W9
I am writing in response to the above petition that you submitted using the City Council’s E-petition scheme. I apologise for the omission in not responding to you sooner. In view of this omission, an oversight caused by the election period and then summer recess immediately after the presentation of your petition, I have asked that this response comes from me as Cabinet Member rather than from Officers as would normally be the case in responding to an e-petition.
The main statement read:
“We the undersigned petition Westminster City Council to introduce a 20mph limit on Elgin Avenue”
And the supplementary petitioner’s details read:
“Residents say that this road is becoming more dangerous as drivers speed up and down to the detriment of pedestrians and cyclists”
When the petition ended on 10 May 2014 it attracted 253 signatures. In context there are 1,212 known addressable dwellings on Elgin Avenue and it is estimated that only about 72 of the signatories appeared to reside in or had a postcode in the road. Others had postcodes for the wider W9 area and a small number from further afield. This appears to indicate that while there is support for the petition, a relatively small proportion of residents of Elgin Avenue had actually signed it.
When concerns are raised about road safety, the first stage of evaluation is an analysis of the three years casualty related accident database to determine whether there is a poor history of road traffic collisions, or otherwise. This approach is necessary to ensure that the City Council's limited resources of prioritised for sections of the highway network where the number and severity of casualty related road traffic collisions are the greatest.
On Elgin Avenue the position is as follows:
• From its junction with Harrow Road to its junction with Maida Vale, but not including those junctions
• From 01/06/2011 to 31/05/2014 (36 months or 3 years)
• The total number of personal injury accidents was 33
• One of which was a fatal personal injury accident
• 8 were serious personal injury accidents; and
• 24 slight were personal injuries
Of which 11 occurred at the junction of Elgin Avenue with Shirland Road.
Speed related accidents
Drawing on the above evidence it is advised that the accident history at the junction of Elgin Avenue junction with Shirland Road is considered to be higher than average and that officers have already prioritised resources to undertake a Local Safety Scheme (LSS) Feasibility study for the Elgin Avenue junction with Shirland Road for the later quarter of 2014/2015, with the intention of developing a scheme to improve this junction and make it safer.
Of the 33 accidents in three years cited above there were three personal injury accidents on Elgin Avenue that the Police formally advised that Speed was a contributory factor:
• One occurred at the junction of Elgin Avenue and Shirland Road and involved a vehicle turning right at speed on an amber light and colliding with a motorcycle
• The second was south west of the junction of Elgin Avenue and Shirland Road and involved a vehicle reversing at speed and colliding with a pedestrian crossing the road; and
• The third was at a junction of Elgin Avenue and Chantry Close and involved a vehicle travelling at speed and colliding with a vehicle waiting to turn right then colliding with a vehicle wanting to go ahead, which hit another vehicle that then hit another vehicle.
• The first two were serious injury accidents and the third was a slight personal injury accident.
In addition to the above, a covert speed survey was conducted by the Police during the summer (within the eastern section of this long road). The survey concluded that the average recorded speed in both directions was 31mph (from an industry standard measure called the 85 percentile). Whilst this is marginally higher than the 30mph speed limit set for the road it is not significantly higher than the ‘standard average’ range of recorded speed which was lower (within a range of 24mph to 27mph).
In view of the above, it is considered that a 20mph Limit on Elgin Avenue would have had little or no impact on the reduction of casualty related accidents or their severity on this road over the past three years. However, the development of a more meaningful road safety scheme at the Shirland Road junction should have a greater impact on reducing possible casualties in future years. For that reason we will be taking this element forward.
While the evidence of the impact of 20mph zones or limits continues to appear to show mixed results (both positive and negative), and in view of the above facts and considerations we do not believe that a 20mph limit on Elgin Avenue would be the most appropriate way forward. Westminster City Council continues to keep the evidence base of the impact of 20mph in different locations around the UK under review, and as noted above we will be developing the junction improvements which, based on the data, I believe will have a positive impact.
More details from petition creator
Residents say that this road is becoming more dangerous as drivers speed up and down to the detriment of pedestrians and cyclists