Proposal for 20mph Zone to be implemented in Wendover

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Rationale for each marker:

  • Grenville Avenue: this is used as a cut through between Halton Lane and Aylesbury Road.

  • Castle Park Road: beyond this point there is a recreation ground and in this area pedestrian / cyclist traffic builds-up at each end of the school day.

  • Station Approach: pedestrian traffic to/from the station. Recreational walkers to/from Coombe Hill.

  • Chapel Lane: from Chapel Lane into the village centre along South Street is a designated national cycle route. Pedestrian traffic from the Witchell car park and sports ground into the village. The pavement on South St is very narrow for social distancing. Pub and nursery on South St.

  • Church Lane: designated cycle route, Ridgeway National Trail, access to St. Mary’s Church and Chiltern Way Academy.

  • Hale Road: (at the junction with Hale Lane), cycle route, pedestrians from retirement housing development, no pavement on section to Tring Rd.

  • Babington Rd: entry into residential area.

  • Tring Road (old): marker at both points, entry into residential area.

  • Tring Road (new): approach to pelican crossing, significant pedestrian/cyclist crossing at school times. Downhill into village is a temptation to increase speed.

This is a informal public consultation to gauge support for the implementation of a 20mph zone throughout Wendover.

Main benefits:

  • Significant improvement in road safety for pedestrians and cyclists.

    • Studies have shown a fatality risk of 1.5% at 20 mph versus 8% at 30 mph for pedestrians involved in a car impact accident.

    • Particularly important in Wharf Road, Manor Road and South Street which are used for schools’ and nursery access.

    • Benefits from increasing physical exercise, walking rather than driving,  thus reducing levels of childhood obesity.

    • Decreased levels of danger caused by proximity to fast-moving traffic along stretches of limited pavement width in some parts of the village.

  • Reduced emissions from motor traffic, notably particulate emissions, and lower traffic noise levels would provide health benefits to the whole community.

    • The increased safety from slower traffic encourages more walking and cycling, reducing vehicle traffic and emissions in line with that change.

    • Reduced noise and emissions will enhance the experience of pedestrians and encourage the use of outdoor space – particularly the increased utilisation of the Manor Waste (in the High St) for table service café customers.

Other benefits:

  • Discourage drivers from “passing through” and so reduce traffic levels and their consequences in the village.

  • It is imperative to implement these changes before a significant traffic increase occurs due to HS2 construction.

Proposed Area of 20mph Zone:

The map below shows the proposed limits of the 20mph zone, each marker is the “entry point” to the zone on that route into the village. It is intended that, once within the zone, all connecting roads are included in the 20mph limit. In summary, all through routes and the vast majority of residential roads will be rated 20mph.