New speed bumps could be installed along this Portsmouth road

SPEED bumps could be installed along a city road following five collisions.

Monday, 14th December 2020, 12:08 pm
Updated Monday, 14th December 2020, 12:32 pm
Speed bumps could be installed along Clive Road in Fratton

Portsmouth City Council is due to consider implementing three sets of speed cushions on Clive Road, in Fratton, in a bid to reduce speeding.

It comes after five road traffic collisions were recorded along the street between March 2015 and February 2020. Checks also found the average speed on the road is 25mph - above the limit of 20mph.

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In a report the council's director of regeneration, Tristan Samuels, said: 'The design of a speed cushion means that the driver of the vehicle should slow down to between five to 10mph when driving over them to minimise the risk of damage to their vehicle. This will reduce the speed of vehicles to below the 20mph limit.

'This will improve road safety within the area, potentially increase active travel through improved pedestrian/cyclist confidence in using the route, which may also lead to improved air quality.'

If approved the cushions will be placed between the junctions with Trafalgar Place and Ethel Road, Ethel Road and Barnes Road and Barnes Road and Guildford Road.

Ahead of a decision residents in the area were asked for feedback.

Three people were in support of the scheme and one objected. One resident said speed cameras would be more appropriate, and another said they should be placed further down the road.

One resident said: 'I greatly support the installations of these. As the parent of two small children is can be quite a worry crossing Clive Road with my youngest child in a pram due to the speed of cars coming down my road.'

However, another said: 'I have lived in Brookfield Road since 1999, and have never seen any issues of speeding in Clive Road, other than an occasional idiot. I travel along Clive Road many times a day. This for the above reason, would be a total waste of public money, as it is not needed.'

A decision on the speed cushions will be made at a traffic and transportation meeting on Thursday, December 17.

No parking spaces would be permanently removed if the speed bumps are installed.

The scheme will cost £35,000 from Portsmouth City Council's capital budget.

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