Residents on Creed Road, off Glapthorn Road, have made a number of complaints about the continued occurrence of speeding due to the ‘drag strip’ nature of the road. Creed Road reaches nearly the entire length of the estate, having been recently lengthened by new housing at the top end. With just a few bends along its length, some cars are driven at dangerously high speeds.
Despite previous accidents, the lack of speed-calming measures has meant that the hazard still remains, causing both anger and fear for those living on the road.
The road, about 300m long, is mainly straight, and doesn’t contain any speed limit signs. The only measures which could slow traffic down are a mini-roundabout and a T-junction.
However, with the mini-roundabout being both difficult to notice and likely also ignored, and the T-junction ignored, such measures make no difference. In fact, they make the road even less safe, because the drivers are more likely to come in contact with other cars from the connecting roads.
One resident who lives off Creed Road said: ‘Not too long ago a car must have been going too fast in the early hours of the morning and it crashed into the front of a house. It was right by the play park, which could have been an even more serious incident had it occurred in the day with children in the area.’
The noise of speeding, horns and skidding also often cause disruption for residents.
So far nothing has been done to sort out the issue, yet there are plenty of obvious measures which would make a huge difference.
Give way’ signs would alert drivers of the approaching junction, whilst roundabout signs would do the same for the often ignored mini-roundabout.
The obvious option would be to set a 20mph speed limit on the road – as is often done in such areas – and to place speed humps in the road.
These two solutions would be the most effective, and the extra signs would provide some reassurance to residents that the council takes the safety of their welfare seriously.
By George Cobb