Wednesday 31st July 2019
Number of speed bumps in UK increases to 42,000

New data from local councils has revealed that the number of speed bumps on UK roads has increased to over 42,000.

Tristan Shale-Hester, Auto Express, reports:

The number of speed bumps in the UK has increased by five per cent in the last three years, according to new data.

There are now more than 42,000 individual speed bumps in the UK, covering some 2,000 miles of road on 14,000 roads around the country. Furthermore, there are 12,000 other traffic calming measures, such as speed tables, ramps and width restrictions.

The figures came from an investigation by Citroen, which sent Freedom of Information requests to more than 400 councils in the UK.

London Boroughs tend to have the highest number of speed bumps per mile of any local authorities. Newham Council, which is responsible for 125.28 miles of road, said 100 per cent of its roads have speed bumps on them.

Southwark Council was in second, but still quite a long way behind. The local authority is responsible for 210 miles of road, of which 71 per cent – approximately 148.24 miles – have speed bumps. Meanwhile, Hackney has speed bumps on 69 per cent of its 150 miles of road.

Outside of London, Norwich City Council had the most speed bumps per mile – they're on 17 per cent of its 247.66 miles of road. Portsmouth City Council was third, with potholes on 13 per cent of its 284.6 miles of road, while 12 per cent of Bury Metropolitan Borough Council's roads have speed bumps.

Speed bumps were first introduced in the UK in 1983 under The Highways (Road Humps) Regulations and are designed to slow drivers down in built-up areas.

Under the Highways (Road Humps) Regulations 1999, councils have devolved power from central Government to install humps and associated calming measures on roads with speeds of up to 30mph in the interests of road safety.

Souad Wrixen, marketing director at Citroen UK, commented: “Speed bumps and other traffic calming measures have their place on UK roads helping to improve road safety and reduce fatalities.”

In light of fresh governmental discussions around improving road safety by changing the punishments around the motorist, the fact that we have also seen an increase in the number of traffic calming measures all points to a safer driving environment across the country.

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