Community Speed Watch newsletter

The Community Speed Watch newsletter (CSW) can be read here: CSW Newsletter issue 2

The 3rd edition of the the CSW newsletter can be read here: CSW Edition 3 January 2014

The 4th edition of the the CSW newsletter can be read here: CSW Edition 4 January 2014

The 5th edition of the the CSW newsletter can be read here: CSW Edition 5 January 2014

The 6th edition of the the CSW newsletter can be read here: CSW Edition 6 January 2014


Article published: 10 Jan 2014

The following agenda for the first meeting  of the Westwood Road Safety Group is published below with a link to the audio recordings that were made for the first and also second meetings. These recordings are large, the first being over 86MB the second 100MB in size.

The first recording which had WCC Highway engineers present is over one and half hours long but netherless is an important record of the proceedings, especially as we are now coming to the end of the 20mph Speed Trial and concern over the signs will be one of the issues that residents will be thinking about. A report on the meetings was published in the September 2010 Minutes. The files are best saved to your hard disk before listening and need a broadband connection. (April 2012)

meeting one  meeting two 

Westwood 20mph Speed Limit Trial

Meeting of Working Group August 20th 2010

Draft Agenda

 

·         Welcome and introductions

·         Agree the agenda

·         Background to this initiative

o        Westwood

o        Wiltshire County Council

·         Discussion and agreement on Terms of Reference for the working group

·         Scope of the options:

o        What is absolutely included

o        What is absolutely excluded

·         Review of the current situation for road safety in the village

o        Overall view of safety

o        View of average current speeds

o        Critical points for safety in the village what are the safety problems at these points?

·         Draft goals for the trial

o        What are the key goals for the trial

o        How will we know they have been achieved?

·         What are the options for improving safety

o        Overall across the village

o        At the critical points for safety identified above

·         Proposals for monitoring the trial - Measures of Performance for the trial

o        What specifically do we want to achieve?

o        How will we measure success?

o        Measurements and monitoring required before and during the trial

o        Proposals for making these measurements

·         Develop proposals for improving safety

o        What are we going to do?

o        SWOT Analysis for each element

·         Draft implementation plan

·         Any other business

·         Date of next meeting

Councillor Allan Parker Chairman Westwood Parish Council


Article published: 11 Apr 2012

Westwood Roads :   Schedule of Works & 20mph Trial Updates

 

Over the coming weeks and months, there are a number of important events and extensive road works in and around Westwood.  The schedule of events is tabled below :

 

Date

Event

10th January

20mph trial : metro count.  This will last for one week.

January

20mph trial : agreement of the content of the Community Questionnaire with Wiltshire Council for all 6 villages participating in the County trial.

The timetable for the distribution of the questionnaire, collection of feedback, and the publication of the results and recommendations from the 20mph trials will be published in due course.

16th - 29th February

All roads in and around Upper and Lower Westwood, including the whole length of Lower Westwood Road, will be “patched” in advance of work the surface dressing programme this Summer.

Full details of the affected roads, their closures and suggested alternative routes during the works have been posted below on this page and on village notice boards.

early March

An On-Carriageway Footpath, sometimes referred to as a “”Virtual Pavement” will be installed immediately after the patching works on the Lower Westwood Road between the junction to Upper Westwood and the junction to Farleigh Hungerford.

All markings will be reinstated after the surface dressing works later in the Summer.

late March

20mph trial : an additional metro count is being requested after the installation of the  On-Carriageway Footway to collect further data.

June / July

All roads in and around Upper and Lower Westwood, including the whole length of Lower Westwood Road, will be surface dressed.  Clearly, all road markings will be repainted at this time.

 


Article published: 18 Feb 2012

Lower Westwood traffic videos

The two videos below were made before the introduction of the 20 mph trial speed limit.  The top video is driving through the village heading west towards Freshford, Limpley Stoke and the A36 to Bath and Bristol.

Video below is of driving east along Lower Westwood road

I have made an Excel based calculator that can be used to check a vehicle's road speed. The speed is calculated from a video and requires a distance to work. The video provides the necessary time data. I made the recordings and can state that my average speed driving west was 20 mph. My average speed driving east was 24 mph.  The distance from coming into the village and leaving (Elms Cross rd crossroads) is one mile according to MS Autoroute - I thought it was less than a mile so will double check. Note that with these averages under the present mph speed limit I would be breaking the law somewhere en-route.

I will add a link to the Excel calculator file and will add some more specific speeds to this article later.

Geoff Edwards (Councillor)


Upper Westwood traffic videos

The two videos below were made before the introduction of the 20 mph trial speed limit.  The top video is driving through the village heading east towards Bradford on Avon.

 

The video below is driving west  along Upper Westwood towards Staples Hill, Freshford Limpley Stoke and the A36.

 

 

Link to Excel speed calculator file to add
Article published: 11 Dec 2011

Westwood road safety survey

Update: Wiltshire Council road resurfacing schedule 2012

The patching on Lower Westwood road through to Staples Hill and Upper Westwood Road has been completed. Similarly Upper Westwood road through to Lyfield Lane has been completed.

Several of our local roads are to be resurfaced. The plans are to be implemented from February 2012 First stage patching. Complete resurfacing wil be completed in the Summer. The roads selected for resurfacing and maps showing the alternative routes can be accessed here: Closure Plans (4 maps)   NB the document requires Adobe PDF Reader.

Westwood PC decided to undertake a survey of the condition of the roads both within the village and  in the parish of Westwood with Iford. Some photographs are now available. The first area being Staples Hill, the part that is in Wiltshire. the photos were taken in 2012. Many improvements have been made since.

Staples Hill bridleway  (part of Staples Hill is only accessible via a bridleway)

Iford Hill

Boswell road

Linden Crescent

Leslie Rise


Article published: 04 Oct 2011

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