Call to reduce the speed limit rejected
CALLS for a reduction of the speed limit on a main road through Wargrave have been rejected.
Stephen Conway, who represents Twyford at Wokingham Borough Council, the motorway authority, has called for the 40mph limit on the A321 from the A4 roundabout to be 30mph or less.
He said it would reduce the risk of an accident involving pupils on their way to Piggott School in Twyford Road.
But the council said data from the Thames Valley Police Department did not support a strong case for lowering the limit.
The force reviewed the boundaries of all of the Borough’s A and B roads, including the A321 Twyford Road and the A4 Bath Road.
Pauline Jorgensen, Senior Member for Motorways and Transport, said: “This exercise has shown that the average vehicle speeds on the section between the A4 junction and the Piggott school are within the current speed limit.
“That said, the council fully recognizes that some drivers usually exceed the speed limit and that the police are the most appropriate response to this problem.
“Thames Valley Police are a key stakeholder in the process of changing speed limits and without their support, no proposal is difficult to move forward.
“In this case, the good levels of compliance and the absence of a poor safety record indicate that there is not sufficient basis to justify a reduced speed limit.
“As a strategic A-road, the potential for additional engineering measures to inhibit speed on the A321 is limited without also impacting the use of this road by traffic.”
Councilor Conway said since the issue was about children’s safety, he hoped Councilor Jorgensen would pressure the police anyway.
“A reduction to 30mph would be an improvement, although I note that the board has introduced 20mph zones outside of other schools during school hours,” he added.