Tadpole Lane may go from 50mph to 30mph

This Is Wiltshire: Tadpole Lane may go from 50mph to 30mph Tadpole Lane may go from 50mph to 30mph

SWINDON Council plans to cut the speed limit in Tadpole Lane from 50mph to 30mph to improve road safety ahead of a housing development on farmland in North Swindon.

Last year developer Crest Nicholson was granted permission for 1,695 homes on Tadpole Farm, north of Tadpole Lane, at Blunsdon St Andrew.

Now the council is proposing the new speed limit as part of the access strategy for the development. which requires traffic calming along Tadpiole Lane.

A 21-day consultation began on April 26 and, subject to any objection being received, the council hopes to confirm the order and implement the 30mph limit as soon as possible.

Paul Exell, the chairman of Oakhurst Residents’ Association, said: “Reducing the speed limit is a good idea, but a restriction without something in place to slow people down means in a lot of cases speed limits are arbitrary. Dropping speed limits to 30mph doesn’t mean people will automatically slow down.”

“Leaving the road open and as it is, particularly in the light of Tadpole Farm and Ridgeway Farm, and all the other traffic that’s going to potentially use Tadpole Lane there needs to be some concrete measures to try to mitigate the impact of that traffic.”

Coun Vera Tomlinson (Con, St Andrews) said: “To go down from 50mph to 30mph is a safety measure and it will be helpful.

“What else can be done, I’m not sure, but we will need to take a good look at that road to find out what more we can do to make it as safe as we possibly can.”

Coun Mark Dempsey, the deputy Labour group leader, who is also the chairman of St Andrew’s Ridge Residents’ Association, said: “I think it’s important to control the speed on Tadpole Lane and therefore reducing speed is a sensible idea.

“With the overall development the concern has been about the diversion of traffic to local roads.

“We are particularly concerned about it increasing traffic on Salzgitter Drive and Oakhurst Way and other roads. That’s something we still don’t think the council has resolved.”

A Swindon Council spokesman said: “The council is making the TRO because we are the only authority that can do it, but installation of a traffic-clamed 30mph limit was part of the planning conditions for the Tadpole Farm development.”

Objections to the order, quoting reference ZA/Tadpole Lane/30mph/2013, should be sent by May 16 to Gwillam Lloyd, Head of Highways and Transport Services, Wat Tyler House West, Beckhampton Street, Swindon, SN1 2JH.

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1:25pm Sun 5 May 13

msw says...

Shame the weak planning dept did not plan to include new roads etc. GRIDLOCK here we come...........
Do planners get out in the real world.... Just try driving around North Swindon at Peak times and it is just gridlock!!
Shame the weak planning dept did not plan to include new roads etc. GRIDLOCK here we come........... Do planners get out in the real world.... Just try driving around North Swindon at Peak times and it is just gridlock!! msw
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2:05pm Sun 5 May 13

Localboy86 says...

Lol so glad I didn't buy that side of swindon
Lol so glad I didn't buy that side of swindon Localboy86
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3:03pm Sun 5 May 13

pallelli@hotmail.com says...

What an absurd waste of money, as it is I frequently get overtaken when I'm doing 50 down this road. What's really needed here is a footpath/cyclepath that runs parallel to a fast road, and with traffic lights at any junctions. That will improve safety. Putting a 30mph limit that will be largely ignored is nonsense.
What an absurd waste of money, as it is I frequently get overtaken when I'm doing 50 down this road. What's really needed here is a footpath/cyclepath that runs parallel to a fast road, and with traffic lights at any junctions. That will improve safety. Putting a 30mph limit that will be largely ignored is nonsense. pallelli@hotmail.com
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3:33pm Sun 5 May 13

mjey says...

More housing estates without infrastructure, more bumps, ramps, idiots parked their cars on the streets and roundabouts :-(
More housing estates without infrastructure, more bumps, ramps, idiots parked their cars on the streets and roundabouts :-( mjey
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5:56pm Sun 5 May 13

Robh says...

I moved to this area 16 years ago and the plans then showed no access from then Northern development on to Tadpole Lane. In fact the Oakhurst/Redhouse area was not allowed to start until Thamesdown Drive was completed as a dual carriage way.

After a short time the council put a roundabout on Tadpole Lane for access then built a school with an entrance onto the Lane which was the death knell for our country lane.

They say it is progress. I call it blatant lying.
I moved to this area 16 years ago and the plans then showed no access from then Northern development on to Tadpole Lane. In fact the Oakhurst/Redhouse area was not allowed to start until Thamesdown Drive was completed as a dual carriage way. After a short time the council put a roundabout on Tadpole Lane for access then built a school with an entrance onto the Lane which was the death knell for our country lane. They say it is progress. I call it blatant lying. Robh
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6:06pm Sun 5 May 13

Robh says...

“We are particularly concerned about it increasing traffic on Salzgitter Drive and Oakhurst Way and other roads. That’s something we still don’t think the council has resolved.”

I got involved with this and they put forward lies about the amount of traffic local roads can carry. when I pointed this out I was told I'd misunderstood the figures. Total cobblers. They know that the development at Tadpole farm could be refused on basis that the existing roads are not suitable.

Money talks!!!
“We are particularly concerned about it increasing traffic on Salzgitter Drive and Oakhurst Way and other roads. That’s something we still don’t think the council has resolved.” I got involved with this and they put forward lies about the amount of traffic local roads can carry. when I pointed this out I was told I'd misunderstood the figures. Total cobblers. They know that the development at Tadpole farm could be refused on basis that the existing roads are not suitable. Money talks!!! Robh
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6:28pm Sun 5 May 13

nobody says...

They can make whatever limit they like, without traffic police to enforce it the limit will be ignored.
They can make whatever limit they like, without traffic police to enforce it the limit will be ignored. nobody
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8:19pm Sun 5 May 13

peatmoor pirate says...

Everyone over the West/North of Swindon is being screwed over by the new developments. All in power don't care about the people that have to live with all these new houses and no new infrastructure.
Localism = Joke.
Everyone over the West/North of Swindon is being screwed over by the new developments. All in power don't care about the people that have to live with all these new houses and no new infrastructure. Localism = Joke. peatmoor pirate
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8:22am Mon 6 May 13

house on the hill says...

Pirate, localism is a joke, its more about ticking boxes and jobs for the boys than actually listening to anyone on the ground. As for speed limits, as others have said, it doesn't matter what limit you set drivers just drive what ever they feel like, I have been overtaken or tailgated on many roads in and around Swindon keeping to the speed limits and one idiot who has bragged about doing 120mph down Thamesdown in the early hours. A waste it time and money and no doubt lives.
Pirate, localism is a joke, its more about ticking boxes and jobs for the boys than actually listening to anyone on the ground. As for speed limits, as others have said, it doesn't matter what limit you set drivers just drive what ever they feel like, I have been overtaken or tailgated on many roads in and around Swindon keeping to the speed limits and one idiot who has bragged about doing 120mph down Thamesdown in the early hours. A waste it time and money and no doubt lives. house on the hill
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11:42am Mon 6 May 13

jane14 says...

All reducing the speed limit will do is send traffic headed for the A419 through Cricklade instead as it will be quicker. The roads through Cricklade to the A419 barely cope in rush hour now particularly with the significant increase in HGV traffic we've seen in recent years. Lady Lane also already queues back to the roundabout in the mornings. This development should not be allowed access to Tadpole Lane. I agree that a cycle path should be created even though it means tarmacking more of the countryside. I still do not understand where the infrastructure is for these houses. Swindon town centre remains in significant decline and the roads unable to cope with the traffic as it is.
All reducing the speed limit will do is send traffic headed for the A419 through Cricklade instead as it will be quicker. The roads through Cricklade to the A419 barely cope in rush hour now particularly with the significant increase in HGV traffic we've seen in recent years. Lady Lane also already queues back to the roundabout in the mornings. This development should not be allowed access to Tadpole Lane. I agree that a cycle path should be created even though it means tarmacking more of the countryside. I still do not understand where the infrastructure is for these houses. Swindon town centre remains in significant decline and the roads unable to cope with the traffic as it is. jane14
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9:54am Tue 7 May 13

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

I love that the adver put up a picture of the bit down by the bridge that to my knowledge isn't affected by this TRO.

Try driving at 30mph at the top of Lady Lane up by the speedway, and see how big the queue of cars behind you becomes - speeding is endemic along this road.

BTW, we popped into the exhibition at Blunsdon Stadium for the new homes near the stadium a while back - they believed all the traffic from their development would head down to Thamesdown Drive. They couldn't comprehend that people might simply want to drive up to Lady Lane and onto the A419 so didn't even bother modelling it.
I love that the adver put up a picture of the bit down by the bridge that to my knowledge isn't affected by this TRO. Try driving at 30mph at the top of Lady Lane up by the speedway, and see how big the queue of cars behind you becomes - speeding is endemic along this road. BTW, we popped into the exhibition at Blunsdon Stadium for the new homes near the stadium a while back - they believed all the traffic from their development would head down to Thamesdown Drive. They couldn't comprehend that people might simply want to drive up to Lady Lane and onto the A419 so didn't even bother modelling it. The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
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