My inbox has a concern about speeding in and around Porthleven. In the past, I have managed to reduce the speed limits on the Porthleven Road and Methleigh Bottoms from 60mph to 40mph. In those calls, I get requests for all sorts of traffic calming measures. However, before any action can be taken, you must have the evidence of a problem; as without that evidence, you cannot get a scheme of works done.
One of the areas of concern is the perceived speed of those travelling along Wellington Road. In response to those concerns, I requested (for obvious reasons I do not tell people) a speed monitoring camera installed to see if there is excess speeding. I have now had the results back.
Whilst there is the perception of speed, when you look at the data the majority of traffic is within the speed limits of the road. As the following two graphs will show.
The westbound levels are higher that the eastbound, but this is from those coming from a 40mph zone to 30mph. When you look at the data further the:
- Eastbound traffic in the period had 6,882 vehicle movements 73% of all movements were under 30mph and only 1.1% were over 40mph.
- Westbound traffic had in the period 7,316 vehicle movements with 55.3% under 30mph and 2.2% over 40mph.
What is interesting is the majority of those going near or over the limit are between 2am and 6am for eastbound. Westbound is slightly more even on the under 30mph and between 30/40mph but this is due to the changes from a 40mph to 30mph zone and where the camera would have picked the up.
In summary of the information, and having spoken to highways about the next step, it is with regret there is little formal changes that can be made to the road by means of any traffic calming measures. It really comes down to education and how people need to be more aware when they enter Porthleven from Helston. I will also be talking to the police and see if we can have a little campaign about speed awareness.
Please slow down.
I have received good news from Cornwall Council’s highway engineers on my proposals for the reduction of speed limits on roads leading into Porthleven. I am very pleased to say the proposals to reduce the speed limits from 60 mph to 40 mph have been officially approved.
The two roads that will see this change is the Porthleven Road and the road leading to (and from) Stopgate. This work is set to be completed by March, which further good news. A further change is extending the 30 mph zone on Beacon Road.
I previously blogged about changes to the speed limits in Porthleven. This proposal is on the larger scale and if implemented will change the whole B3304 from Porthleven to Helston from 60mph to 40mph.
I am not sure everyone will be in agreement, but that is what a consultation is for. As even if it not met with widespread approval, I am sure some elements could be introduced like the reduction of speed leading up to Penrose corner and the hill down towards the boating lake. Then again, from experience of driving along this stretch of road, you would rarely get about 45mph; so this could not be that much of a change.
Anyway, as I said before, Please take part in the consultation, by going HERE and giving your views online, or send me those views via letter or email and I will make sure they get to the right place. The consultation runs from 8th November till 29th November.
A new speed limit is proposed to introduce a 40mph buffer zone on the northern side of Porthleven on the B3304 to the A394 Stopgate (currently 60) and to extend the 30mph speed limit on Beacon Road in Porthleven.
This is something I have been asking for a while, and I am very pleased Cornwall Council has set up a consultation to gather people’s views prior to any changes. It is a must that the speed limit along this stretch of road is reduced. It is a fast road, and there have been many accidents and at least one death that I know of on this road. I am supporting this change, and I hope the people of Porthleven will do too.
It is important people take part in the consultation, which can been accessed HERE. Or send me an email and I will pass on those views. The consultation runs from 8th November till 29th November.
And the extension to Beacon Rd