Traffic Management schemes are introduced to solve an identified problem in one or more roads. Due to limited financial resources, priority is given to the worst problems first.
The Council receives many requests from residents for traffic calming to be introduced in their roads to reduce speeds and improve safety. Traffic calming can take different forms, and the use of each type is dependent upon various factors.
Where there are high volumes of traffic, pedestrian crossings are used to give people a safe place to cross.
Requests to install or upgrade pedestrian crossings are surveyed to assess the volume of traffic and number of pedestrians crossing the road. This is used to prioritise the sites with the highest traffic and pedestrian volumes first. All new crossings are fully accessible for people with disabilities, including tactile paving and where applicable, audible bleepers.
Speed humps are provided to reduce vehicle speeds and improve road safety. Due to financial constraints, priority is given to areas which have had large numbers of pedestrians injured, and the reduction of speed can be demonstrated to benefit vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists.
Once an area has been identified as having a large casualty problem, and has been included within the works programme, full consultation will then take place with residents. Every property (residential and commercial) within the affected area will be sent a letter and plan explaining what is proposed. A questionnaire seeking their views will also be included. Minor amendments to the scheme may be possible, but if the majority of the residents do not want speed humps, the scheme will be removed from the programme and the speed humps will not be provided.
Speed limits are introduced to ensure greater road safety. Sefton Council has a policy to introduce 20mph speed limits on all residential roads. It is expected that, with the exception of main roads and a small number of local distributor roads, all residential roads will be converted to 20mph by 2015.