Sometimes it seems like two-thirds of the roads in Rayleigh have problems with speeding traffic. Even if it’s only going to save them 5 seconds, there are some drivers who will zoom along side streets – dangerously and noisily. We heard recently about a cat that was killed in Ferndale Road (and as both Ron and Chris have cats, we understand what it’s like to lose a cat).
What is particularly interesting, though, is that at the end of last week, two residents contacted us separately about Downhall Park Way – especially the bend near the play equipment. One person emailed us to say:
We live on the main part of DPW,(the main part that feeds the rest of the estate) just before you get to Harberts Way and from early morning til late at night we constantly hear cars outside tearing past the house at sometimes incredible speeds. I feel its only a matter of time before someone getshurt.(especially having the entrance to Downhall school close by)
One idea was to place speed humps in the road, (which im all for) but I hear that was stupidly rejected???
May I suggest an alternative to this idea and to place one or two chicanes in the road, that way they would either have to stop or slow down once upon them. I know through neighbours that parking a car in the road has the similar effect and it does work.
Something does need doing about this and ideally soon.
However a couple of days later we had a resident phone to say that parked cars on this bend were dangerous and could she have yellow lines there?
So we have two people, both concerned about traffic in the same place, but coming to opposite conclusions! So what’s the best thing to do?
We hope that next year County Highways will include Downhall Park Way in its programme for the signs that flash to warn drive that they are speeding.
These signs are portable and are rotated around the district (they have been in Rawreth Lane this year). Would they help?