Campaigning for Better and Safer Roads
The roads of Great Wyrley in Staffordshire have about 140 road humps that are being reviewed. Many of the ‘features’ were installed
outside the defined dimensions and some are so far outside reasonable tolerances
they require ‘RAMP’ warning signs. Great Wyrley also has 7 Gatso Cash Scameras
and a Speed Camera Van that visits on a regular basis.
negative publicity, 10 full width humps were removed, perhaps due to the humps being placed in areas that
had none or very few accidents prior to installation. Another
10 full width humps have been amended to speed cushions. Staffordshire
Highways and Staffordshire
Police have asserted that the changes are not detrimental
to road safety. There will also be
an ongoing review of the rest of the scheme.
This page explains what happened
in Great Wyrley against the wishes of the residents.
A recent letter from the Area Highways Manager, Staffordshire Highways stated
that: 'following a series of publicity campaigns that resulted with Staffordshire
Highways recognising that on reflection the number of features used in the original
scheme may have been excessive.
We don't just say it, we have the
pictures to show you. These are not retouched as we didn't need to exaggerate the
mess that was made of our village. Enjoy the disaster in a short slideshow of the state of our streets and weep.
A road hump
in Great Wyrley is the 'Worst Road Hump in Britain' in a survey by Continental Tyres. A pair of humps, shown right, in Tower View Road, Great Wyrley have been constructed in a slight
dip. They are the third attempt at this location. The top left
inset shows one of the humps after a few months, it has been so badly damaged
that a complete new top was inserted. This degraded again as shown and finally
both humps were completely reconstructed from road level. The top right
inset shows flooding which occurs several times a year, when
the humps are just visible or more
usually disappear beneath the water. The
main picture also shows patches of oil just beyond the humps, where another
car sump has been damaged. They are still
Following the publication of the
Department for Transport’s Road Casualties Great Britain, 2006 it is clear
that only 5% of accidents have excessive speed as a primary contributory factor.
The majority of road accidents are a mix of other causes, such as ‘failed to look
properly’, ‘road/environment’, ‘following too close’, etc., rather than down to the
simplistic catchall of excessive speed, which doesn't even get near the Top
10 causes of accidents.
Not just recent, 10 years like this.
In 95% of accidents causing death or injury, exceeding the speed limit is not even
a contributory factor, In addition some of the remaining 5% will involve unlicensed
drivers and/or stolen vehicles. (Association of British Drivers)
Staffordshire County Council's Household Survey, Dec 2002,
stated that 58% of resident
car owners have reported damage on the underside of their vehicles due to grounding
on humps. They reported damage to exhausts, suspension components, steering, brakes, etc.
Even our humps have unrepaired potholes in
them. Need we say more?
The interim, independent Great Wyrley Parish Plan, August 2009 contained questions
concerning the road humps. From 178 specific responses received, 115 (65%) stated
that all should be removed and 45 (25%) stated that the number should be reduced.
Therefore 90% of the residents who responded want the road humps removed or at least
vastly reduced. This is a rise of 5% from the 85% given in the £7,000 Householders
Survey that certain people in their ivory tower claimed not to understand. It could
be considered that having had considerable input into the Household Survey, Staffordshire
County Council didn't want to understand why residents could give the 'wrong' answers to the biased questions.
Will Staffordshire's white elephant, Development Services, still continue to work
for themselves and their fat cat, protected pensions rather than for the good of
the people of Staffordshire? Unless they remove some more humps in Great Wyrley
then the question is answered for them. While other councils were mending last
winter's potholes, Development Services were certainly active, spending days repainting the distance
lines for the local rip-off speed cameras instead.
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