SIX roads in Leigh are now subject to a speed bump trial.
The new restrictions were put in place by Southend Council on December 18, after the trial was announced in 2021.
The installation of speed tables – bumps in the road at a maximum height of 75mm, which force drivers to slow down – have almost been completed, in the following Leigh roads: Salisbury Road, north of Hadleigh Road; Southsea Avenue, north and sort of Glendale Gardens; Lymington Avenue, north and sort of Glendale Gardens; Leighville Grove, Grange Road, and Glendale Gardens.
In addition to the speed tables, speed limit signs and additional road markings are being put in place.
There will also be speed tables installed in Percy Road, Westleigh Avenue, and Fairleigh Drive, which are already subject to a 20mph speed limit.
Kevin Buck, Conservative councillor responsible for highways, parking, and transport, reportedly said: “The experimental traffic orders issued are to cover the new Leigh 20mph traffic calming scheme being put in place.
“The scheme was instigated and approved last year by the three-party coalition, with works starting soon after.
“The civil engineering works, which includes the installation of speed tables at crossing points, are now nearing completion and the whole scheme should be live soon.”
If successful, the trial could see 20mph speed limited rolled out across residential parts of the city, with the aim of tackling environmental issues and improving safety.
Coun Buck added: “The hope is that it will make the streets a little more pleasant for the residents living in these somewhat, compact, and often congested streets.
“Speed enforcement remains the sole responsibility of the police or through their safety camera partnership teams and the council itself has no powers to enforce speeding offences.”
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