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Traffic Calming

These pages describe the different types of traffic calming measures that may be possible and gives an indication of what measures are suitable for different locations.

Traffic calming can reduce traffic speeds which means that residents, pedestrians and cyclists can live and travel more safely.

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Speed in restricted areas is dangerous.

The faster the car is travelling, the worse the accident. At 35mph you are twice as likely to kill someone as you are at 30mph.

Traffic calming can also discourage the use of streets as short cuts or "rat-runs", thus reducing traffic levels.

Traffic calming can take the form of physical features such as humps or it could involve the use of surface treatments and sign enhancements. There are also Traffic Regulation Orders (TRO) such as speed limits and one way streets which can be used to manage traffic.

Most traffic calming schemes are made up of several features which work in conjunction with each other. Whilst these pages gives guideline costs for measures, you should bear in mind that all sites are unique and will require different levels of treatment.

The way traffic calming schemes are designed and laid out is subject to a continuous design review process to minimise the effects on emergency service response times and disruption to bus service routes.