Traffic monitoring in the Parish

Traffic Monitoring in the Parish

Two new traffic monitoring units have been purchased by the Parish Council. These were purchased to investigate residents' concerns about excessive vehicle speed, volume of traffic and road safety issues, especially near schools.

The monitors can be fixed to different lamp posts and moved between them, or used on a tripod. They acquire timed data about vehicle numbers and speeds in specific locations. The information obtained can be used to inform strategic issues, for example related to new developments or schools.

Although the vehicle speed data recorded cannot be used to prosecute drivers, if evidence of antisocial driving or speeding is found, the results can be used to request further intervention and/or enforcement by the local Police. The units do not themselves record photographs or other means to identify individual vehicles.

The units can only be deployed on lamp posts owned and specifically approved by Gloucestershire County Council. There are strict selection criteria which limits the choice of sites for fixed deployment.

Both units acquire data but only one displays vehicle speed. The regulations stipulate that the display of vehicle speed is only permitted for limited periods at a time. When the display is turned off, the unit continues to acquire data.

The project is led by Councillors Stephen Cooke and Emma Nelson on behalf of the Parish Council. If you would like to volunteer to help or get involved please make contact through the Parish Clerk.

Since October last year, traffic has been monitored in Church Road between Kidnappers and Crippets, in Charlton Lane near the Leonard Cheshire Home, on the A46 Shurdington Road near Moorend Road and on Kidnappers Lane by Vineries Close. Results are detailed below.

The 85%ile speed is established by listing all speed records in ascending order. The speed of the vehicle recorded at the 85% point is used e.g.for 17,000 vehicles listed this would be the speed of the vehicle at 14,450. Thus, if there are 17,026 vehicles in a week and the 85% speed is 35 then 15% of the vehicles, in this case 2,554, are going > 35 mph.