Highway speed limit review
On Tuesday, 19 September the Council’s Environment Overview and Scrutiny
Committee will consider a report detailing progress on a Cabinet commitment
made in September 2016 to undertake a review to address historic
inconsistencies associated with the Authority’s speed limit Orders and create a
Single Consolidated Speed Limit Order (SCSLO), which would ensure confidence in
both the appropriateness and legality of all speed limit Orders in the County.
A number of key actions have since been completed as the Council moves towards
the creation of the (SCSLO), including the creation of simplified Order writing
process and a mapping exercise that accurately records the position of all
existing speed limits.
All Members were asked to highlight speed limit concerns within their own wards
and as a result, over 100 requests for speed limit reviews were received. Each
request was then assessed against Department for Transport (DfT) criteria to
determine if changes to the existing speed limit could be made.
A commitment was also given to review all existing speed limits within the
County over a 5-year-period to ensure they comply with DfT criteria once the
(SCSLO) is in place, however this process has been brought forward following
reviews of sections of the road network identified by Members.
It is anticipated that the(SCSLO) will be advertised during week commencing
16 October 2017 for a statutory period of 21 days, with a view to advertising
the consolidation in March 2018, after which the county wide review of the
individual speed limits will begin.
All speed limits will be available to the public to view in an easy to read Map
Books at main libraries, County Hall Mold and Alltami Depot as well as being
available on the Council’s website.
Cllr. Carolyn Thomas, Cabinet Member for Streetscene and Countryside said;
“Inaccuracies existed within some of the current speed limit Orders due to
changes to features of the highway network which were used to locate the start
and end of some of the original Orders.
“In moving towards a single consolidated speed limit Order we have been able to
simplify a previously over complicated process and make more effective use of
resources to address the current inaccuracies.
“The creation of an electronic map based system will play a key role in moving
away from the archaic written Order process, allowing the Authority’s speed
limits to be both viewed and advertised within a simple and easy to understand
map based format
“I would like to thank council members for their contributions to this review
which have allowed us to make good, steady and thorough progress.”