Traffic calming on Portsmouth road where drivers break speed limit

SPEED Farlington Avenue which is a 20mph zone.  Picture: Paul Jacobs (120914-1)
SPEED Farlington Avenue which is a 20mph zone. Picture: Paul Jacobs (120914-1)
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TRAFFIC-CALMING measures will be introduced on a road where motorists have driven at more than four times the speed limit

Portsmouth councillors were shocked to discover the fastest car recorded travelling south along Farlington Avenue was 84mph – despite the road having a 20mph limit.

In a report by the traffic and transportation department it was described as posing ‘a significant road safety risk to residents’ and the average speed of cars driving down the steep road was found to be 34mph.

So to slow motorists down the council has decided on measures including installing raised platforms and a chicane, as well as narrowing the road.

It is also hoping to put up a chevron sign and safety barrier where Farlington Avenue meets Blake Road after grandmother Barbara Samuels twice had her garden wall destroyed by cars.

The council Labour group’s leader and spokesman for traffic and transport, Cllr Jim Patey, said he couldn’t believe the scale of the speeding.

‘This is a well-known rat run in the north part of the city,’ he said.

‘But I am still shocked at how fast some people have been going. I know it can be hard on a slope but I always drive at a reasonable speed and, when you consider how irresponsible people are driving like that, in my opinion it is money well spent.

‘Road safety has to be a high priority. How irresponsible do you have to be to drive that fast near a school. It’s unbelievable.’

The proposed changes, which will cost around £150,000, were put forward after a scheme to close part of the southbound road was abandoned because of opposition from local people.

But the council’s cabinet member for traffic and transportation, Cllr Jason Fazackarley, said they had mostly received support for the new plans.

He said: ‘We have been forced to take these steps to bring the speed down in the road. The majority of residents think they are sensible steps to take and no one opposed to them came to speak at the meeting.’

The council has also decided to investigate whether a new cycle lane could be installed as part of the new measures.

John Holland, from the Portsmouth Cycle Forum, attended the meeting to say he did not object to the proposals but had ‘concerns’ over whether traffic calming measures could force bike users and cars close together.