30mph extension along Rickman's Lane, Plaistow

Rickman's Lane, Plaistow


The Parish Council is considering making a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) application to West Sussex County Council (WSCC) to extend the 30mph speed limit along Rickman’s Lane. TROs are legal documents that enable WSCC, as the local highway authority, to manage traffic in the County.

Rickman’s Lane does not benefit from adequate pavements and/or street lighting. Consequently, the Parish Council is concerned for the safety of school children, who walk along Rickman’s Lane to and from the Bushfield bus stop and other non-vehicular road users, due to the speed of traffic entering and leaving the village.

The Parish Council recently instructed SW Transport Planning Ltd to commission a speed survey along Rickman’s Lane. The data shows that the 85th percentile is 41.8mph (northbound) and 43.8mph (southbound), along the part of the road frequently used by school children. The ‘85th percentile’ speed represents the speed value covering 85% of traffic, i.e. it is the speed which is only exceeded by 15% of vehicles. The data results can be found below. 

The Parish Council proposes to apply to extend the 30mph speed limit to the Plaistow ‘please drive slowly through the village’ sign along Rickman’s Lane.

However, before the Parish Council applies for a TRO it is important to canvas the support of the community, especially from those who will be impacted by the change. TROs are prioritised on safety, traffic conditions, environment and economy and how people will benefit from the new proposals. 

The Parish Council has written to residents living along Rickman's Lane and invited their comments and experience of living along the road to guide its decision making. 

If you would like to contact the Parish Council in relation to this issue, please contact the Clerk, Catherine: clerk@plaistowandifold.org.uk 

The deadline for comments is 4pm 3rd March 2021.

The Parish Council is also looking to invigorate support and participation in the Community Speed Watch (CSW) initiative which has been set up in the Parish. The CSW team is currently active along Plaistow Road in Ifold, which has recently benefited from the Parish Council’s successful TRO application to change the speed limit from 40mph to 30mph. The aim is to extend the CSW team’s remit to Plaistow. If you would like to find out about the training and commitment of joining the CSW initiative, please contact the Clerk, Catherine via email: clerk@plaistowandifold.org.uk

Additional Documents

Copy of Rickman's Lane (North) Speed Survey SWTP.xlsx Copy of Rickman's Lane (South) Speed Survey SWTP.xlsx Rickman's Lane Speed Survey Results.pdf Letter to Rickman's Lane Residents re Traffic Calming Feb 2021.pdf