Council finally confirms when the 30mph speed limits will come into force on Bristol Road South and Lickey Road
Written by Tristan Harris on June 6, 2018
FOLLOWING the confusion relating to the speed limits on the Bristol Road South, Birmingham City Council has this afternoon confirmed when the new 30mph limit will come into force.
The issue has been extensively debated on social media throughout the week after council workers were seen on Tuesday replacing the 40mph signs with 30mph ones on the Bristol Road South, along with warning signs about the changes.
Drivers also hit out about the two signs, showing different speeds, being side-by-side, causing further confusion.
The council said the changes would be coming into force as part of the Longbridge Connectivity Project and, to improve safety, the 30mph zone will be extended from Northfield town centre, all the way along the Bristol Road South and all the way along the Lickey Road to the Bromsgrove border. It will end at Park Way (the turning for the Great Park) and will be implemented until mid-July.
A Birmingham City Council spokesperson said: “To avoid confusion, the new signage has now been covered up while this work is completed.
“The new speed limit signs will be uncovered once the old speed limit signs have been removed (we anticipate this will be completed by the end of next week).
“The temporary red and white signs advising of the new speed limit will be uncovered once the new speed limits come into force, which we expect to happen by mid-July once the statutory process is completed.”
What about the speed cameras on the South Birmingham roads?
We also asked about the yellow Gatso speed cameras on the Bristol Road as there had also been debate on social media about whether they were operational or not and were told the city council now operates an Average Speed Enforcement (ASE) camera system (the slimline poles with cameras), rather than the old ‘wet film’ Gatsos.
On the Birmingham City Council website it states: “The introduction of the ASE system is intended to positively influence driver behaviour and ensure that drivers comply with the set limits on roads; thus providing a safer environment for everyone who uses the roads.
“The ASE cameras will detect vehicles and calculate their average speed by measuring the time taken to travel between fixed points.”
It added they were aimed at improving road safety, reducing the number of people seriously injured or killed in crashes and to improve driver behaviour over a greater area, along with speed limit compliance.
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