Assembly Member objects to increase in by-pass speed limit

The council’s strategic planning committee meets tonight, and with its in-built Tory majority of councillors in awe of developers, it is likely to rubber-stamp developers Barratt’s plans to build nearly 700 houses at Cane Hill without adequate road access, and for the council’s joint venture CCURV to use yet more public land at Lion Green Road car park to help service the housing development outside Coulsdon.

This is the view to the roundabout that would take the southern exit road from Cane Hill

This is the view to the roundabout that would take the southern exit road from Cane Hill

Local residents’ associations are expected to be out in force at the Town Hall meeting. They are more than a little suspicious that Cane Hill is on the agenda of tonight’s meeting, apparently rushed through ahead of their latest public meeting planned for tomorrow.

And they are still dissatisfied with the measures offered by Croydon Council to help gain approval for the schemes, including offering to pay up to £1 million towards the cost of a new exit route from the Cane Hill “village”, because the developers (building 677 new homes; providing fewer than 25 parking spaces) refuse to do so.

And a London Assembly Member, Darren Johnson, has now entered the debate about the road developments along the Coulsdon by-pass, lodging strong objections with Transport for London over its intention to raise the speed limit on Farthing Way from 30mph to 40mph.

“TfL’s drive for ‘continuity and consistency’ on the road network should not trump the safety of local residents and road users,” Johnson, a Green Party member, writes in his objection letter to the Great London transport authority.

“Farthing Way runs next to Coulsdon Town railway station, next to shops, businesses and homes. This is no place to be adding to the existing road dangers for the local community.

“TfL’s rationale for the change is that ‘typical existing traffic speeds are closer to 40mph than 30mph throughout Farthing Way’. If this is the case, the existing 30mph speed limit should have been properly enforced before TfL proposed adjusting the speed limit to accommodate speeding motorists. This sends a terrible message of tolerance for those who break the rules on our roads,” Johnson said.

“Local residents should not be menaced so that through-drivers can reach their destinations a few minutes earlier.”

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1 Response to Assembly Member objects to increase in by-pass speed limit

  1. Nick Davies says:

    The 30mph limit along there is a nonsense. Yes the road runs next to a station, homes and businesses but so does the M1: none of them have frontages on it. It’s no different then the stretch between Purley Cross and Croydon Airport, which has always had a 40mph limit. I’m struggling to work out what increased dangers to residents increasing the speed limit would bring.

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