Changes to Speed Limits around Rufforth
At the December meeting of the CYC Executive for Transport, the Parish Council secured moves to establish changes to speed limits around Rufforth as follows:
- A 20 mph speed limit between the chicanes to include all the cul de sacs that lead off that section (Laburnum/Yew Tree/Middlewood/Maythorpe)
- A 40 mph buffer zone on the Bradley Lane approach
- 30 mph countdown signs on the B1224 Western approach
The above will be advertised for comment so please look out for lamppost notices etc.
The Parish Council has been in dialogue with CYC since 2015 on these issues, so this comes after lengthy campaigning. Community Speed Watch, which started in 2017 under the leadership of John Place, provided evidence that has added value and impetus to our case. With this evidence and through tireless pressure from the Parish Council, we have seen the installation of Vehicle Activated Signs in 2021 and now these revised speed limits.
Thanks to Councillor Nick Murray, who has spearheaded this campaign on behalf of the Parish Council, and to Speedwatch Coordinator Terry Edmonds for his work in data collection and analysis.
There will be a period of evaluation of details, such as sign locations, before we see the completion.
Vehicle Activated Speed Limit Signs
The Parish Council are pleased to share the news of the installation Vehicle Activated Signs (VAS) on Wetherby Road (West approach) and Bradley Lane, in Rufforth, to warn motorists approaching the village of the 30-mph speed limit. The signs have inbuilt software which will gather data to further enable the council to develop a longer-term road safety and traffic management strategy. These signs are in addition to the recently erected speedwatch signs at each of the three village gateways.
The equipment has been largely funded by the Parish Council, with the aid of grant funding from the North Yorkshire Police, Fire & Crime Commissioners office (AJ1 scheme) and, once again, the council thank the team of Community Speedwatch volunteers who have gathered evidence over the last three years that helped to drive the scheme forward.
This project has taken over three years of constant evidence gathering and negotiation with public bodies to bring to fruition yet is only a step along the way as we strive to develop our strategy of improving road safety for our residents.
Community Speedwatch Signs
The Parish Council are pleased to share the news of the installation of new, permanent speedwatch signs at each of the three village gateways. The signs are part of a wider initiative that will shortly see the installation of Vehicle Activated Signs* (VAS) on Bradley Lane and Wetherby Road, Rufforth, and is another step in our efforts to improve safety for our residents.
The equipment has been largely funded by the Parish Council, with the aid of grant funding from the North Yorkshire Police, Fire & Crime Commissioners office, AJ1 scheme. Our thanks go to the hardy team of Community Speedwatch volunteers who have gathered evidence over the last three years that helped to drive the scheme forward, and their continued efforts to improve road safety.