Twickenham turns to 20mph limits to cut congestion

Twickenham: Speed limits have been changed

Twickenham: Speed limits have been changed

First published in News This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A 20mph speed limit for Twickenham town centre has started, as part of the development of the area.

The negative impact of traffic was highlighted as a key concern in Richmond Council's Twickenham Rediscovered scheme.

The 20mph speed limit covers York Street, Richmond Road (from Sion Road), London Road (from Whitton Road), King Street, Cross Deep (from Poulett Gardens) and Heath Road (from Copthall Gardens).

Speeds are controlled through the use of raised tables at junctions and crossing points and signs were due to go up last night.

Council cabinet member for highways Councillor Chris Harrison said: “Regenerating Twickenham is one the council's key promises and the introduction of a town centre speed limit is part of these plans.

“Twickenham is a beautiful town which has been neglected for too long.

“In all our surveys and consultations, residents have almost unanimously voiced their concern on the gradual decline of Twickenham.

“Through the All in One and other local consultations, residents told us that Twickenham town centre needs a revitalised retail centre, with a new heart, improved public space with access to the river, better shops and an attractive High Street.

“This 20mph limit is an example of where we have listened to the concerns of residents and together with our other local traffic calming measures will make the area safer for both pedestrians and cyclists.”

Liberal Democrat spokesman for transport Councillor Jerry Elloy accused the council of “over-egging” its part in it.

He said: “The plain fact was they did their scheme and cyclists got really irritated and nothing was done to sort it out.

“It is a bit of a joke in a sense because the average speeds in those areas are less than 20mph anyway - but of course it is a good thing it has been introduced.

“I would query what they say about listening to the people.”

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4:15pm Mon 14 Apr 14

helen59 says...

well a 20mph speed limit has not stopped the cars from speeding down my road and it won't in Twickenham or anywhere else.
well a 20mph speed limit has not stopped the cars from speeding down my road and it won't in Twickenham or anywhere else. helen59
  • Score: 11

11:44pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Julie Hill says...

This miniature 20mph section is absolutely ridiculous.

We now have a situation in Central Twickenham whereby drivers are encouraged to zoom off down narrow residential roads, with blind bends as they can do 30mph to avoid the congested High Street, where drivers are lucky if they can do 10mph let alone 20mph!

The already cluttered pavements now sport YET MORE SIGNS and residential homes how have bright red 30mph signs outside their front gates.

A Parking Warden told me that yellow speed camera boxes are to be installed next. Just as well the pavements have been widened to accommodated all the signage.

Anyone fed up with queuing in Heath Road as you crawl towards the raised table in the Town Centre? Zoom off left down one of the 30mph narrow residential roads, race along Station Road and round the dangerous right angle bend by The Albany (an historic **** up by Planning) and out by The Cabbage Patch and hey presto, you have completely avoided the queues and 20mph limit.

Anyone fed up with queuing along Cross Deep towards the grid locked town centre? Zoom off left into Cross Deep Gardens and Tennyson Avenue, where Councillor Harrison and Council Officers have ignored residents and Police surveys and refused to implement a 20mph limit.

Anyone stuck Heath Road out long enough to get to Cousins Corner? Zoom off left into Queens Road and once across the junction with Holly Road you can zoom off down this narrow, residential road, unsuitable for HGVs but you can do 30mph and avoid the rest of the 20mph speed limit in the main High Street! You may take off a few wing mirrors as you go but hey ho. The Council has decreed it is safer to do 30mph here than on the main road.

As appropriately coined on Twitter - Welcome to the Twickenham "RESIDENTIAL ACCELERATION ZONE".
This miniature 20mph section is absolutely ridiculous. We now have a situation in Central Twickenham whereby drivers are encouraged to zoom off down narrow residential roads, with blind bends as they can do 30mph to avoid the congested High Street, where drivers are lucky if they can do 10mph let alone 20mph! The already cluttered pavements now sport YET MORE SIGNS and residential homes how have bright red 30mph signs outside their front gates. A Parking Warden told me that yellow speed camera boxes are to be installed next. Just as well the pavements have been widened to accommodated all the signage. Anyone fed up with queuing in Heath Road as you crawl towards the raised table in the Town Centre? Zoom off left down one of the 30mph narrow residential roads, race along Station Road and round the dangerous right angle bend by The Albany (an historic **** up by Planning) and out by The Cabbage Patch and hey presto, you have completely avoided the queues and 20mph limit. Anyone fed up with queuing along Cross Deep towards the grid locked town centre? Zoom off left into Cross Deep Gardens and Tennyson Avenue, where Councillor Harrison and Council Officers have ignored residents and Police surveys and refused to implement a 20mph limit. Anyone stuck Heath Road out long enough to get to Cousins Corner? Zoom off left into Queens Road and once across the junction with Holly Road you can zoom off down this narrow, residential road, unsuitable for HGVs but you can do 30mph and avoid the rest of the 20mph speed limit in the main High Street! You may take off a few wing mirrors as you go but hey ho. The Council has decreed it is safer to do 30mph here than on the main road. As appropriately coined on Twitter - Welcome to the Twickenham "RESIDENTIAL ACCELERATION ZONE". Julie Hill
  • Score: 4

1:06pm Wed 16 Apr 14

ruggabugga says...

Dear old Cllr Elloy hasn't done his homework has he.

While his Twickenham colleagues are campaigning for 20mph on residential side roads, he appears to be supporting the ridiculous Tory policy of 20mph on the main roads and 30mph on narrow side roads.

These formerly quiet roads are now known as the Twickenham Residential Acceleration Zone (TRAZ), which encourages frustrated drivers to speed up side roads past the shiny new 30mph signs to avoid Lord True's Queues through the town centre.

It must be April Fools Day again?
Dear old Cllr Elloy hasn't done his homework has he. While his Twickenham colleagues are campaigning for 20mph on residential side roads, he appears to be supporting the ridiculous Tory policy of 20mph on the main roads and 30mph on narrow side roads. These formerly quiet roads are now known as the Twickenham Residential Acceleration Zone (TRAZ), which encourages frustrated drivers to speed up side roads past the shiny new 30mph signs to avoid Lord True's Queues through the town centre. It must be April Fools Day again? ruggabugga
  • Score: -3

1:53pm Wed 16 Apr 14

CA123456 says...

I only found out about the change to 20mph by reading this newspaper. I go through here every day so this week have been sticking to 20mph down the high street - where I get constantly flipped off by middle aged women in sports cars as they overtake me. I don't think people have been made fully aware of the change.
I only found out about the change to 20mph by reading this newspaper. I go through here every day so this week have been sticking to 20mph down the high street - where I get constantly flipped off by middle aged women in sports cars as they overtake me. I don't think people have been made fully aware of the change. CA123456
  • Score: 2

2:15pm Wed 16 Apr 14

twickeman says...

Councillor Harrison: “This 20mph limit is an example of where we have listened to the concerns of residents and together with our other local traffic calming measures will make the area safer for both pedestrians and cyclists.”

If councillor Harrison actually listened to residents he would know very well that we want a 20mph limit on our residential roads.
But he and his council chums have done implemented a policy that makes this virtually impossible.

Quite simply he is a hypocrite. What other reason is there for promoting 20mph on main roads to make them "safer for both pedestrians and cyclists", but vetoing it on adjacent residential roads which now have 30mph signs.
Councillor Harrison: “This 20mph limit is an example of where we have listened to the concerns of residents and together with our other local traffic calming measures will make the area safer for both pedestrians and cyclists.” If councillor Harrison actually listened to residents he would know very well that we want a 20mph limit on our residential roads. But he and his council chums have done implemented a policy that makes this virtually impossible. Quite simply he is a hypocrite. What other reason is there for promoting 20mph on main roads to make them "safer for both pedestrians and cyclists", but vetoing it on adjacent residential roads which now have 30mph signs. twickeman
  • Score: 0

12:53pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Aceminty says...

What a weird world!
It used to be that cyclist would use the side roads to avoid speeding traffic and be safe.
Then abracadabra, some numpty in the council decides to create a racetrack through the back streets of Twickenham.
Do the idiots "in charge" ever engage their brains and actually listen to their constituents ?
All that is going to happen is that a pair of cars/lorries going in the opposite direction are going to play chicken with each other and someone
is going to be seriously hurt or killed.
Oh well the planners know best!
What a weird world! It used to be that cyclist would use the side roads to avoid speeding traffic and be safe. Then abracadabra, some numpty in the council decides to create a racetrack through the back streets of Twickenham. Do the idiots "in charge" ever engage their brains and actually listen to their constituents ? All that is going to happen is that a pair of cars/lorries going in the opposite direction are going to play chicken with each other and someone is going to be seriously hurt or killed. Oh well the planners know best! Aceminty
  • Score: 2

7:00pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Sparkythecat says...

It sounds as though you know better than anybody Aceminty.
It sounds as though you know better than anybody Aceminty. Sparkythecat
  • Score: 5

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