A call for residents’ input to the Highways working group review prompted feedback from dozens of residents, assisting the group in identifying over 20 areas for improvement.
Speeding issues and rat runs raised particular concern and the areas identified will all be monitored using the speed indicator device, which not only records speed, but also shows volume of traffic on the road. The SID is currently located on Longridge, an area which residents have expressed concern that drivers are breaking the 30mph speed limit. This data will feed in to police monitoring and longer-term traffic management strategies.
Parking caused a number of residents’ concern where vehicles parking on the pavement and grass verges are causing an obstruction to pedestrians and other vehicular access points. It is recognised that this is often the result of limited parking on roads, in particular those which are only suitable for one vehicle to pass. Resident parking schemes can be challenging to implement as if introduced must see vehicles parked wholly in a marked bay – meaning that on some of Knutsford’s streets (such as Queen Street) it would half the number of cars able to park.
Residents are reminded that parking on the pavement is unnecessary where there is enough space for another vehicle to pass and that consideration should be always given for a wheelchair or pushchair to pass on the pavement. Obstructive parking should be reported to the police who can issue penalty notices or remove the vehicle.
Other problems raised in the review included the high numbers of HGVs travelling through the town, some residents calling for a bypass and town centre restrictions. Suggestions for new and improved pedestrian crossings were given and concerns were raised about the bus stop provision on Longridge, where passengers are now boarding and alighting on to grass verges due to new service routes.
The working group would like to thank all the residents who participated in this review and welcome feedback at any time. All of the issues reported will be considered when the Council gives feedback on consultations and will be reviewed to establish priorities for funding.