Volunteers Record Speeding on St Marks Road

In the week commencing 27 November, for seven days in the morning and late afternoon, residents in St Marks Road acted as volunteers to use a handheld speed gun to observe the speeds of 1,051 vehicles – cars, vans, motorbikes, HGVs and buses.

They did so because they felt that monitoring of vehicle speeds undertaken by the County Council on St Marks Road nearly two years ago was underestimating the real speed of vehicles in their road. One of the Council’s monitoring sites was close to the junction with Vicarage Road. Given the short distance from the junction vehicles would not be able to achieve excessive speeds. The Council had found the average speed over the seven days trial was just over 22 mph.

The volunteers located themselves at three sites near the top end of the road, which is over third of a mile long. They were seeking to monitor vehicles driving in full flow, up or down.

The average overall speed was over 25 mph – an increase of about 14% over the County Council’s monitoring.

However much more importantly were those vehicles travelling above the current speed limit of 30 mph. This accounted for about 16% of all observation.

Very dangerously two vehicles were recorded travelling at 47 mph and a further two at 41 mph. This did not surprise some residents who stated that some time ago they had observed vehicles driving towards the top of the road in the early evening at around 60 mph. This was in the evening when traffic was not heavy.

The organiser of the volunteers, Tony Hoskins, said “The County Council has said they are going to introduce a 20-mph limit across Henley sometime in 2024-2025. However, those vehicles driving at 47 mph (nearly 60% above the current limit) could lead to accidents involving adults or children as well as cats or dogs crossing the road. Just introducing a 20-mph limit would not stop the madness of those driving at 47mph and over. The Council will need more than just a sign with 20 on it.”


1 comment
  1. David Dickie says:

    the top of St Andrews and along Grey’s Road could be worse.
    20 mph is proving to be a success across the country reducing deaths and serious injuries. Walking and cycling become more attractive. We have to share the confined space we have .


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