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40mph Matrix Sign facing traffic leaving the 40mph zone?

Reported via desktop in the Illuminated Sign Out category by John Lugg at 12:16, Friday 12 April 2024

Sent to Shropshire Council less than a minute later. Council ref: 14143923.

There have been recent, much welcome, upgrades to, or installation of, new illuminated speed warning signs along the A529 from Hinstock to Market Drayton. At Hinstock and Lockley Wood the signs illuminate to warn traffic entering lower speed zones, hopefully slowing traffic and reducing threat to residents. In Woodseaves the old matrix signs have been removed and replaced with new; they also previously alerted to speeding traffic entering the 40mph zone. I'm assuming the old Woodseaves signs were established and funded based on a safety case. To the southern end of Woodseaves those egressing Sydnall Lane, those turning right into Haywood Lane and residents of the adjacent roadside properties continue to face constant threat from speeding traffic entering from the national speed limit to the south. The new signs have been installed the opposite way around to previous and now, instead, alert traffic to the posted 40 mph limit on leaving the restricted zone to the north and south of Woodseaves, but not on entering, which appears to offer no tangible safety value. For instance, the matrix sign at the southern end of Woodseaves (A529) has the illuminated warning in the same eyeline as the approaching national speed limit sign and so will likely be ignored. Have the Woodseaves signs been installed at this angle deliberately or is this an error? If deliberately can someone provide the 'risk scoring' that shows why the initial siting covering motorist entry into the 40 zone has been rescinded, and that there remains no foreseeable risk to the inhabitants of Woodseaves. Much appreciated.

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    Posted by Shropshire Council at 12:16, Friday 12 April 2024

  • This note is to advise that the issue you have reported is being investigated by council officers in the local area. We'll provide further information once we have an update.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Shropshire Council at 12:51, Friday 12 April 2024

  • The issue you reported has been assessed and the necessary work will be included in our programme of upcoming maintenance.

    Our priority is to be effective at responding to the most serious problems so at this time we are unable to provide an exact timescale.

    In the meantime until these works can be undertaken, we will continue to undertake routine inspections, whereby notifiable issues are recorded and scheduled for action.

    State changed to: Action scheduled

    Posted by Shropshire Council at 14:23, Friday 12 April 2024

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