A SURVEY of a road used as a “rat run” have revealed average traffic speeds are well below the 30mph limit.
But Sean Toner, 43, who lives in Ermine Road, Hoole, where the traffic monitoring device was fitted, is still calling for measures to slow vehicles after his garden wall was demolished by a car.
The average speed of traffic on Ermine Road recorded at the first location near to Gresford Avenue was 23.4mph travelling northbound and 21.3mph travelling southbound. At the second location where the counter was installed opposite Mr Toner’s house the average speeds recorded were 21.4mph for traffic travelling northbound and 19.4mph for traffic travelling southbound.
Mr Toner is thankful neither of his two young daughters was in the way when the Volkswagen ploughed over the pavement and smashed through his garden wall in September. He remains unconvinced traffic speeds are safe.
He said: “The council is looking at statistics on a computer screen but we have to live here and put up with the speeding traffic. There was almost a carbon copy of the original incident the other day.”
Mr Toner would at least like signs to be installed to remind motorists to watch their speed, especially because Ermine Road is a well-used route to school for children walking to Newton Primary School.
Cheshire County Council highways department believes a new staggered on-road parking arrangement in the street has led to a reduction in vehicle speeds.
Traffic engineer Kay Parry said: “These speeds are not considered to be excessive, therefore we do not intend to take any further action at this time.”
County Cllr Eveleigh Moore-Dutton, executive member for highways, believes the accident in Ermine Road was probably an isolated incident.
She said: “So often it’s a misjudgement, it’s someone being careless for a moment.”
She added that it was not possible to engineer out “every human frailty”. “People make mistakes,” she added.