Ongoing concerns about the speed of traffic and the number of large vehicles negotiating Kingsbury Street as well as the risk to pedestrians was discussed at Marlborough Town Council meeting last night, Monday October 26.
Caroline Pensotti, a Kingsbury Street resident, said, “It’s not only HGVs but the increasing speed of vehicles, frequent damage to parked cars and risk to pedestrians as cars mount the pavements.”
Kingsbury Street already has a 20 mph speed limit but it seems that this is often ignored as cars gather speed as they come down the hill. Another resident Denise Foy said, “I campaigned really hard to get a 20 mph zone. Kingsbury Street is a residential area but it’s become a rat-run with vehicles mounting the kerb – a child could be killed.”
As a first step in addressing the problem the Town Council will place a Speed Indicator Device (SID) on Kingsbury Street. SID’s flash the current speed limit (e.g. 20,30), if a vehicle approaches which is exceeding this speed. SIDs remind drivers of the speed limit by standing out from normal signs. They could help to break the habit of drivers who consistently use excessive speed. The SID will also give a record of the actual speed of vehicles.
It was agreed that there are a multitude of traffic and pedestrian safety issues in Kingsbury Street and a Highways Engineer will need to be consulted before the matter is passed to CATG (Community Area Transport Group).