Poll: Calls for ‘quiet lane’ trial in Suffolk countryside

A CAMPAIGNER is calling for an innovative traffic calming scheme to be trialled in parts of the Suffolk countryside.

Neil Winship, of Waldringfield, near Ipswich, would like to see “quiet lanes” introduced in certain areas. He is currently gauging opinion in his own parish of whether or not people would like see such a measure introduced on the by-road between Martlesham and Woodbridge. However he thinks it could have benefit across the county.

The idea of “quiet lanes” has been trialled elsewhere - including Norfolk, Kent and Wiltshire.

The aim is not to ban vehicles but to encourage drivers to be more aware of other road users such as walkers, cyclists, and horse riders and promote rural tranquillity.

Mr Winship said: “Recent increases in fast vehicles along rural lanes are dangerous to walkers, riders and those emerging from their driveways.

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“‘Quiet lanes’ are designed to enable users to enjoy country roads in greater safety and encourage drivers to respect more vulnerable road users. It’s not a ban on vehicles. Nor would it lead to more signs being erected in the countryside - I recognise that’s a concern. But some of the speed limit signs could be taken down and replaced by those for ‘quiet lanes’. So far the response I’ve had has been positive and I’d be keen to hear people’s views.”

Guy McGregor, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for roads, said “quiet lanes” were an “extremely interesting” idea and he had asked his highways team to investigate further.

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Email Mr Winship at neil@alpheco.co.uk for more details.

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