speed study reveals 58% of Burnham drivers break 30mph limit
calls have been made this week for more safety improvements along
a busy Burnham-On-Sea road as a new survey reveals more than half
of drivers continue to exceed the 30mph limit.
indicator device installed by Somerset County Council in Burnham's
Stoddens Road recorded 58% of drivers exceeding the 30mph limit
during a 13-day period between August 16th and August 28th this
study of 25,977 vehicles found 58% (15,093) were driven at or above
the speed limit of 30mph, while 41% (10,884 vehicles) travelled
under the 30mph limit.
also found 716 vehicles travelled between 40mph-50mph, while 42
vehicles were recorded driving at over 50mph.
a meeting on Monday, town councillors noted the new study and said
the figures were similar to a 2016 survey which also found 58% of
motorists speed along the road.
was also noted that the latest survey was conducted during the school
holidays and residents say holidaymakers use the road as a 'rat
run' short-cut for Brean.
resident living in Stoddens Road told Burnham-On-Sea.com the figures
"should be ample evidence for safety improvements."
Somerset County Council's Traffic Engineer Dave Grabham said: "The
median speed in Stoddens Road was calculated at 30mph which is compliant
with the posted speed limit of 30mph. The 85% speed was calculated
as 35mph which is 1mph below the 'intervention limit' of 36mph.
The 'intervention limit' is the speed at which a location is deemed
to have a speeding issue."
2015, we reported how £20,000 of safety
improvements were introduced along Burnham's Stoddens Road with
new road marks and a 20mph limit on the bend near the Rectory Road
junction, pictured above. Burnham
County Councillor Peter Burridge-Clayton said he was pleased there
has been some improvement in reducing speeds along Stoddens Road.
are continuing to monitor traffic speeds along the Burnham-On-Sea
road and say they will issue tickets to speeding motorists.