Thorpe - Traffic Calming Pilot Consultation

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The Thorpe area has been chosen for the pilot 20mph speed limit study owing to the street layout, available highway space and 85% speeds (the percentile speed average used to assess vehicle speeds)of the area.

One of the areas proposed for either the pilot 20mph speed limit or zone in Thorpe has a experimental School Street (implemented under the DfT Emergency Active Travel funding) within the study boundaries. Therefore, owing to the compatible objectives of both pilot studies (listed below) ,this further makes the Thorpe area suitable for the pilot study.

Compatible objectives of the pilot 20mph Speed Limits or Zones and experimental Schools Streets Initiative

  1. Reduce average vehicle speeds, thereby creating safer streets and more vibrant communities for those who live, work and visit.
  2. Through creating safer streets and more vibrant communities, encourage everyone to use active and sustainable transport options for local journeys in preference to private vehicles.
  3. By reducing private vehicles journeys, and encouraging the right vehicle on the right road, improve congestion and air quality.

When designing the Thorpe Pilot Scheme options a number of constraints were to considered:

  1. The area already has an operational pilot School Street, we need to ensure that this School Street can operate effectively and in a commentary manner with pilot 20 mph speed limit.
  2. The area has many surrounding, busy bus routes, we will need to ensure that the pilot speed limit do not cause delays on these surrounding routes, particularly during peak hours.

The pilot scheme will remain in place for a period of twelve months during which time engineers will collect a range of data and people’s views, before, during and after the pilot period. Being a pilot scheme, this also gives the Council the ability to make any changes to the initial design during the pilot stage should this be necessary.

The Proposals

Locations and diagrams of what we are proposing are contained in Thorpe Options for Consultation and your views will be collected using the Survey below.

Hardcopies are available on request by calling 01702 215408.

The consultation is now open to all residents and businesses living or trading in and across the City.

The closing date for responses to this consultation is **Friday 21st October 5pm 2022**


The Thorpe area has been chosen for the pilot 20mph speed limit study owing to the street layout, available highway space and 85% speeds (the percentile speed average used to assess vehicle speeds)of the area.

One of the areas proposed for either the pilot 20mph speed limit or zone in Thorpe has a experimental School Street (implemented under the DfT Emergency Active Travel funding) within the study boundaries. Therefore, owing to the compatible objectives of both pilot studies (listed below) ,this further makes the Thorpe area suitable for the pilot study.

Compatible objectives of the pilot 20mph Speed Limits or Zones and experimental Schools Streets Initiative

  1. Reduce average vehicle speeds, thereby creating safer streets and more vibrant communities for those who live, work and visit.
  2. Through creating safer streets and more vibrant communities, encourage everyone to use active and sustainable transport options for local journeys in preference to private vehicles.
  3. By reducing private vehicles journeys, and encouraging the right vehicle on the right road, improve congestion and air quality.

When designing the Thorpe Pilot Scheme options a number of constraints were to considered:

  1. The area already has an operational pilot School Street, we need to ensure that this School Street can operate effectively and in a commentary manner with pilot 20 mph speed limit.
  2. The area has many surrounding, busy bus routes, we will need to ensure that the pilot speed limit do not cause delays on these surrounding routes, particularly during peak hours.

The pilot scheme will remain in place for a period of twelve months during which time engineers will collect a range of data and people’s views, before, during and after the pilot period. Being a pilot scheme, this also gives the Council the ability to make any changes to the initial design during the pilot stage should this be necessary.

The Proposals

Locations and diagrams of what we are proposing are contained in Thorpe Options for Consultation and your views will be collected using the Survey below.

Hardcopies are available on request by calling 01702 215408.

The consultation is now open to all residents and businesses living or trading in and across the City.

The closing date for responses to this consultation is **Friday 21st October 5pm 2022**


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