City of Salford (Unity Quarter Area, Kersal) Traffic Regulation Order 2018
A request has been made to by Miller Homes, the developer of Racecourse Way and Unity Quarter estate’s off Oaklands Road. For the Council introduce traffic regulation orders, in support of the new developments. The purpose of the proposals is to facilitate road safety and the free flow of traffic. The restrictions will come into effect on completion of the proposed traffic regulation orders. As the road in question are already open to the public.
To regulate traffic on the new residential estates, it is proposed to:
Traffic Regulation Orders
The grounds for making traffic regulation orders are set out in Section 1 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (‘the RTRA‘). The main grounds are listed below:
Section 81 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 provides that a national speed limit of 30mph shall apply to all motor vehicles on roads on where is a system of street lighting where the street lamps are no more than 200 yards apart. Section 84 of the RTRA empowers the council to make orders which impose a local speed limit of 20mph or greater than 30mph in the interests of promoting safety for all road users. Such speed limit orders may apply at all times or at specific times of the day.
In determining the need for local speed limit orders the council is required to take into account a number of factors eg the nature of the road/accident records/the mix of use by different groups of road users as well as the views of the local community.
In addition Section 122 of the RTRA requires the council when exercising its functions under this act to do so in such a way as (so far as practicable having regard to the matters specified below) to secure the expeditious convenient and safe movement of traffic and the provision of suitable and adequate parking facilities on and off the highway The matters specified are:
The proposals referred to above are all required in the interests of road safety and facilitating the free flow of traffic, including:
Racecourse Way and Unity Quarter are new developments so there is no comparison to be made.
Officers consider that there are no viable alternatives to the introduction of these measures:
No waiting at any time - access and sight lines need to be maintained at all times.
A 30mph speed limit for on Unity Quarter would not be appropriate, due to the area being all residential and road layout is such that vehicles would find it difficult to exceed 20mph if due care was taken. As such the provision of a 20mph speed limit is proposed.
With regards to Racecourse Way this was also considered for a 20mph zone also, but by its very short length of road with a bend on it and traffic speed could not exceed 20mph negating the need for traffic signs, indicating a speed limit for which cars could not physically exceed. Preventing unnecessary sign clutter and maintenance and cost at public expense.
The Traffic Order Regulations require the council to consult with a number of bodies before making an order. In all cases:
Where the order may affect:
The council must ensure that consultation is carried out at a time when proposals are still at a formative stage, that adequate time is given to allow consideration by consultees and that results are conscientiously taken into account when finalising proposals.
The proposals contained within this report are concerned with the assessment of risk in the area being considered and the measures required to manage the identified risk.
It is recommended that the proposals outlined in this report be approved for the reasons set out above and the City Solicitor be authorised to advertise the necessary Traffic Regulation Orders and to make the Orders should no objections be maintained.