London, 16 May 2006.
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Press Release

Speed Humps Dumped in South Gloucestershire
Speed humps in the town of Yate in South Gloucestershire are to be removed after a successful campaign by local residents.
In 2003 South Gloucestershire Council installed speed humps on Shireway in the town after just 38 people responded favourably to a consultation. About 4500 people live in the immediate area.
Following intensive campaigning by residents fed up with the humps, a second consultation received 435 responses of which only around 60 were in favour of the speed humps remaining. Over 200 people attended a public meeting organised by the council.
Cllr. Pat Hockey (Lib Dem), the Committee Member responsible for Planning, Transportation & Strategic Environment has been forced to execute a 'U' turn and order the removal of the humps as a matter of priority. The council will instead install a pedestrian crossing and vehicle-activated speed limit warning signs.
ABD Local co-ordinator for South Gloucestershire, Paul Hanmore said:
"This just goes to show what can be achieved when all the local people seeking a sensible solution work in concert."
ABD Policy Director Mark McArthur-Christie added:
"All over the country we have seen examples of speed humps and traffic calming being imposed, justified by consultations that have failed to consult all those affected. We welcome South Gloucestershire's decision to move away from stone-age traffic calming and towards better, more effective and modern solutions. We're delighted that the Council has now listened to residents. This is a real result for road safety."


Campaign website:
South Gloucestershire Council report published after the petition against the speed humps: [PDF]
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