Traffic calming

Update May 2021

During March and April the Braunston Traffic Calming Group logged the speed and volume of traffic passing through the village; we used a radar logging device similar to those used by police and the Rutland County Council. The device recorded an extensive set of data that we will use to demonstrate that we still have a significant speeding problem.

During the month there were several changes to the traffic flow:
1. 3 days of 'normal' traffic flow along Knossington Road.
2. 5 days of roadworks, with traffic lights at the chicane.
3. 9 days of 'normal' traffic flow.
4. 12 days of increased traffic flow during the Manton Rail Bridge closure

The results show:
Knossington Road, inside the village, 200m from the 30mph limit sign:

  • 70% of vehicles entering the village were speeding
  • 78% of vehicles leaving the village were speeding.
  • Speeds of 66mph were seen entering the village and 69mph leaving the village.
  • The 85th percentile of vehicles entering the village, is 39mph, which means that 15% of vehicles were travelling at 40mph or higher.
  • The 85th percentile of vehicles leaving the village, is 40mph, which means that 15% of vehicles were travelling at 41mph or higher.
  • One Sunday morning, between 7am and 8am, 15 cars coming into the village resulted in an 85th percentile of 51mph.
  • In the 28 days the radar was in place, there were a total of 59,455 vehicles, an average of 2,123 per day, passing through the radar at 10mph or above.


The '85th percentile speed' into and out of the village is an important measure; it is the speed at which, or below, 85% of traffic was travelling, and is used by the Police and other authorities to determine whether action to reduce speed levels is needed. Typically, action will be taken if it is greater than 35mph in a 30 zone. This summary data includes the period when traffic lights were in operation on Knossington Road; the detailed analysis shows significantly higher speeds when this period is removed in the detailed version of the analysis.


The summary chart below shows the number of vehicles travelling through the village at the speeds indicated. The number of vehicles is on the left axis, and the speed is on the bottom axis; the red line marks 30mph. The data covers everything in the four weeks that monitoring took place, and merges the results for vehicles entering and leaving the village.

These results show that there is clearly a significant speeding issue in the village, and the existing traffic calming measures simply just do not work.

Bar chart showing the number of vehicles travelling in and out of the village (vertical) against their speed (horizontal).

The full report and analysis can be read in this document:


Update April 2021

After conducting a speed survey in 2016, RCC approved the installation of a single chicane build out in the Knossington Road. A further speed survey showed that this was not working, and a second chicane was added in 2019. Two further speed surveys were conducted in June and November 2019; the June survey showed that the double chicane still wasn't reducing speeds to acceptable levels. However, when the November survey was done, during a period of dreadful weather, RCC determined that the speeds had now been reduced to 'acceptable'.

The summary results from the various RCC surveys were as follows:

Summary of Rutland County Council speed checks

Date

Average Speed

85 percentile speed

2016

no chicane

33

40

2017

after 1st chicane

38

46

2019 Sept

after 2nd chicane

35

42

2019 Nov

during poor weather

28

35

Note: An 85 percentile speed of 35mph is considered acceptable

In January 2020 RCC adopted a new policy, which put a moratorium on any further speed surveys for three years after an 'acceptable' one, and RCC have thus refused to consider the repeated requests for action made by Braunston Parish Council.

Whilst holding this policy on the speed cushions, RCC has agreed an upgrade of road signs and road marking to improve safety on Oakham Road, and a review by the police of our request for 40mph buffer zones at each end of the village.

Given the RCC position on speed surveys, the Parish Council has installed a traffic logger to measure speeds for one month, and will submit the data to RCC in due course. We will publish interim results on the website, but already we can see that average speeds are consistently more than 30mph, even when there were traffic lights in place during the recent roadworks.

History of the campaign

Here are the full details of proposals, and reports from meetings that have been held.

Footpath to Oakham

For some time villagers and the Parish Council have been requesting RCC to create a footpath/cycleway between Braunston and Oakham to provide a safe alternative to the two road routes currently available. Unfortunately there has been little progress on this as whenever the council has indicated that there is money available, it is always awarded to other villages.

Here are the full details of the campaign.

Broadband

Braunston used to be the village that BT forgot. Having been excluded from the RCC digital scheme because BT had promised to include us in their own Oakham rollout, we were then left high and dry when BT decided not to connect us. After a long battle we were finally able to receive superfast broadband via the HERBS scheme, a private initiative that provides fast broadband to rural communities. Ironically, the week after HERBS went live, BT connected us to their fibre network. You can now obtain broadband from HERBS, or from most ISPs.

For a very full history of our battle to be connected, here are the full details