Traffic calming is cutting road accidents - council

June 29 2018

THE number of people injured on the roads in Hanham and the surrounding area has fallen to its lowest level for more than 20 years.

But the number of fatalities on South Gloucestershire roads rose to eight last year, from five in 2016. 

The council says the total casualty figure of 447 was the lowest since the authority was created in 1996. It was down by almost a quarter on the 2016 figure of 571. 

The number of people seriously injured in 2017 was 34, down from 43 the previous year, while the number of people with less serious injuries was 405, more than 100 fewer than the 523 recorded by police in 2016.

Improvements to junctions identified as black spots have helped to drive down the overall casualty figures, says the council. It cites the example of  Tenniscourt Road, in Kingswood. There were five injury accidents in the three years before calming measures were introduced but none in the three years afterwards.

Traffic calming and pedestrian crossing improvements on St James Street and Cossham Street in Mangotsfield also cut the number of accidents where someone was hurt, from nine to three.

The council says its officers continually monitor police reports to identify where people are being injured on its road network. 

Spending on improvements is targeted at areas where injury accidents occur most often and involve “vulnerable” road users most likely to be injured in an accident, such as children, pedestrians, cyclists, and motorbike riders.