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Calming measures could slow traffic on Woodville road

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 05, 2014

05/02/14 GV of Moira Road, Woodville - Moira Road, Woodville
Traffic calming measures to be installed on Moira rd to make it safer for people to cross the road.

05/02/14 GV of Moira Road, Woodville - Moira Road, Woodville Traffic calming measures to be installed on Moira rd to make it safer for people to cross the road.

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TRAFFIC calming measures are set to be put in place on a South Derbyshire road, in a bid to make it safer for people using the route.

Speeding fears have long plagued the residents of Moira Road, in Woodville, who have expressed concerns on numerous occasions about the risk posed to pedestrians and other road users, especially as the road is often heavily parked.

But their fears may soon be put to rest, as Derbyshire County Council prepares to approve a number of raised junctions to try to control the speed of vehicles using the road.

Councillor Paul Dunn, who represents the area for the highways-controlling authority, said: “You can’t do anything about the car parking on that road, but raised junctions would slow traffic down.

“The idea has had a lot of support, as a lot of the residents have told me they are quite concerned about the speed of traffic when they are walking their kids home from school.”

Despite the concerns, the councillor said he could not remember any serious accidents on the road.

The scheme is due to cost around £40,000, with the funding coming entirely from contributions from the Woodville Woodlands development.

Any excess money from the contribution could go towards signs saying that traffic calming measures are in place.

The idea has been on the cards for around four years, and went before Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet in 2011.

At the time, councillors were told that plans for speed bumps had been poorly received by residents. Restrictions meant it was not possible to put rumble strips in place, Councillor Dunn told the Mail.

“I’m hopeful this measure will slow traffic and make it safer along Moira Road,” he added.

The plans are due to go before cabinet next week.

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