Decision maker: Executive Director for Environment
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
On 13 August 2010, the Executive Director for Environment approved the revocation of an existing 40mph speed limit order (SLO) and the introduction of a 30mp SLO on the A681 Bocholt Way, Rawtenstall and the A680 Blackburn Road, Haslingden. This was made in light of the findings of the County Council's speed limit review.
Subsequent to the making and sealing of the Order, consideration was given to the fact that street lighting columns lined Bocholt Way and Blackburn Road at intervals of no more than 200 yards. This meant that a 30mph limit would legally apply to these respective lengths of road if restricted roads status were to be introduced, negating the need for the provision of additional street furniture, lines and signs to accompany the 30mph limit (allowing it to be enforced).
This report therefore proposes:
(i) To revoke, in whole, schedule 2 of the "Lancashire County Council (Speed Limit Management)(Various Roads, Rossendale) (Revocation, 30, 40 and 50 mph Speed Limit) (No1) Order 2011"
(ii) To introduce Restricted Road status (30mph speed limit will apply) on the following lengths of roads:
Bocholt Way from its junction with Bury Road, to its junction with Bacup Road, a distance of approximately 900metres, and Blackburn Road, Haslingden from a point 27m north of its junction with Brook Street to a point 227m south east of its junction with Oak Avenue, incorporating the roundabout at the junction of the A56.
It should be noted that during the formal consultation the length of restriction on Bocholt Way referred to its junction with the A59. This was a textual error and should have referred to the A56 instead. Having consulted the County Secretary and Solicitors Group, they are satisfied that the amendment would not affect the validity of the formal consultation and that no prejudice has been shown to anyone affected by the proposal.
The revocation will remove the speed limit order thereby returning these roads to Restricted Road Status under section 82 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.
This is a Key Decision and is included in the Forward Plan.
The Executive Director for Environment approved the proposals to introduce Restricted Road status as set out in the report and appendices attached.
Date of decision: 30/12/2011
Effective from: 07/01/2012