West Berkshire Council

Speed Management

Making West Berkshire's roads safer

Reporting your concerns

You can Report Speeding Traffic using our online form.

What happens next?

The speed at which traffic moves on our roads is one of the main factors in fatal incidents, and West Berkshire Council has a responsibility to make sure our roads are safe.
Where appropriate, we work with the police and local parish and town councils to introduce measures to help keep speeds within safe limits.

These measures might include:

Traffic Calming

We use traffic calming measures to manage roads with a history of accidents.  This can mean a number of different methods being used - pdf icon The Department of Transport provide more information about traffic calming measures. [2Mb]

Measures aren't introduced without careful consideration and consultation with those people and organisations that have an interest.

Speed Limits

Changes to speed limits, or the introduction of new limits, are considered by a task group consisting of West Berkshire Council officers, local councillors and the police. This task group carefully considers each request, using government criteria and best practice.  They then make recommendations that are then considered by Individual Executive Member Decisions.

Details of the latest speed limit proposals can be found through our online consultation system
We also publish a list of excel icon previous decisions related to speed limits [125kb].

Speed Intervention Programme

Before tackling an issue with speeding, we need to work out exactly what the problem is and how it happens. We do this by gathering speed data. The data we collect means we're able to make an informed decision about a solution or potential next steps.

Speed data is collected using different types of equipment, with some being operated by West Berkshire Council, and others operated by parish councillors. The data collection equipment that might be used includes:

  •  Speed Indicator Devices (SIDs) - can be loaned to parish councillors and partners to gather speed data
  •  temporary posters - a set of four posters available, designed with road safety messages
  •  Vehicle Activated Signs (VAS) - are used as warning signs to reduce the risk of an incident occurring
  •  Speed Data Recorders (SDR) - are non-contact, covert traffic monitoring devices
  •  we might also consider a Community Speedwatch project to help local communities take action against speeding

You can read more about the techniques and outcomes that might be used to tackle speeding in our pdf icon Speed Intervention Programme Leaflet [2Mb].

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