Elderly Newport Residents Calling For New Road Safety Measures

Elderly and disabled residents in one Newport street are calling on their local city council to introduce new traffic calming measures, including reducing the speed limit to 20 mph.

Speaking to the South Wales Argus, resident Edward Robinson claimed that the drop kerbs are not up to scratch, and that the road should be resurfaced with tarmac, rather than the concrete that’s currently in place.

And it isn’t just the road surface that’s an issue on Treberth Avenue, according to the 70 year old, but the pavements as well.

“One person will not come out on the mobility scooter because she doesn’t trust the pavements,” he stated.

Mr Robinson also told the newspaper that residents have asked the city council to reduce the speed limit from 30 to 20 mph and to install signs for an elderly people crossing.

However, Newport City Council told the newspaper that it has inspected the street and that it doesn’t fit the criteria for a reduced speed limit or additional traffic calming measures.

The spokeswoman added that the survey had highlighted some damage to two pedestrian kerbs on the road, but that there was no intention of adding extra drop kerbs to the area.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) advocates the introduction of 20 mph zones in residential areas and claims that they “significantly decrease the risk of being injured in a collision”.

They are now commonly used around schools, to encourage motorists to drive more safely in areas where children are frequent pedestrians.

However, ROSPA notes that it is down to local authorities to determine the need for 20 mph zones, so the residents of Treberth Avenue in Newport may have to accept that they won’t be getting new traffic signage if the city council doesn’t feel it’s necessary.

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