Transport options  |  31 Aug 2023

Safe speed platforms and a new road surface are being proposed to help manage increased traffic since the opening of the Northern Corridor.

Feedback has opened on plans to install traffic calming measures on Flockton Street and Francis Avenue which have both been impacted by additional use since the new motorway opened in 2020.

Seven safe speed platforms at 70 metre intervals have been proposed on Flockton Street and five on Francis Avenue to encourage reduced and consistent speeds along the road.

“We heard a lot of feedback from residents on Flockton Street to say that they were experiencing vibrations, so to mitigate this we’ve decided to also include resurfacing for that street which will reduce these vibrations in the long term,” Transport Planning and Delivery Manager Jacob Bradbury.

The plans were developed following feedback and data collected during trials set up last year.

Temporary raised speed humps and one and two-way chicanes were installed on Flockton Street, while speed humps and road narrowing were installed on Francis Avenue.

“We considered all sorts of other traffic calming measures when working on our proposed designs including chicanes, road narrowing, a cul-de-sac, left-in left-out, and reopening Forfar Street,” Mr Bradbury says.

“However, when these options were assessed against our specific criteria looking at how much they affected vehicle speeds and volumes, our wider transport network and other transport modes, the proposals we’re putting forward are the most suitable overall.”

View the full plans and give feedback before 27 September here.