JULY 2000

Through June/July 2000, some 30 Parishioners have been involved in assessing and recording Traffic volumes and (with assistance from GCC Road Safety Division) radar-monitoring actual speeds. Full results of all the various surveys are available to the relevant authorities with specific extracts available to other interested parties upon request.

Actual traffic has been observed at 10 sensitive spots (2 of which were outside the built-up areas) within the Parish on a dawn-to-dusk basis during the 5 days of the working week.

By urban standards, traffic in Blockley Parish is very light. Peak period movements anywhere in the Parish are under 200 (bi-directional) vehicles per hour: an average of less than 3_ per minute.

Light traffic inevitably creates the impression of an empty road - with the temptation to speed, particularly on apparently clear, straight stretches. In the built-up areas, cars parked along the roadside do have some calming effect - but can create a hazard for pedestrians crossing between parked cars. There are also significant dangers at the many driveways which emerge directly onto the highways, often near corners and from behind hedges which completely obscure emerging vehicles.

The majority of the traffic is observed to be ‘legitimate’ ie relating to the circa 100 businesses operating within the Parish (and employing some 600 people) or to residents. There are certain unexplained anomalies between observed and theoretical volumes, notably in the Light Commercial sector, which may be explained by traffic ‘rat-running’ between the Fosse Way (at Portobello Farm) and the A44 (via Greenway) to cut off the Moreton route (12km vs 17km).

Apart from certain points, speeds are on average reasonable within current limits. Heavy goods vehicles have been observed to comply well with limits and to drive carefully. Cars are also generally quite well behaved - with two consistently observed general exceptions: cars taking children to/from the schools and younger drivers. Worst ‘non-compliance’ group are the Light Commercials.

Needless to say, there are too many exceptions, with drivers travelling much faster than both the official limit and the average ~ and faster than what would be deemed to be safe. Only a few of those travelling much too fast were identified as ‘locals’, indicating that most locals are sufficiently appreciative of the hazards. At the worst such location, over 400 vehicles per day were recorded in excess of 10mph over the official (30mph) limit.

From the work done - guided by the GCC Speed Management Strategy June 2000 - the Parish Council have produced a Policy for the New Millennium which follows this summary.

Actual speeding patterns observed within the 30mph limit areas were as follows, taking an average from the various observations made at each location, on different days of the week and at different times between 7:00am and 7:00pm:

At Station Road, outside ‘The Malins’, more than 400 vehicles per day passed at speeds in excess of 40mph; outside ‘The Brambles’ approaching Lower Brook Corner (which is perceived as the most hazardous location in the Parish), some 100 vehicles per day approached the blind corner at speeds in excess of 40mph.

Average speeds, over all observation points within the 30mph areas, were 28.3mph for all large commercial vehicles, 33.5mph for light commercial vehicles and 32.1mph for all cars and motorcycles.

Highest speeds recorded within the 30mph areas were 74mph for a motorcycle going up Greenway Road and 65mph for an old Cortina passing School Lane.


  • Existing 30mph restrictions should continue to apply, with one additional village added, one extension.
  • 20mph restrictions should be introduced over one short stretch.
  • Improved signing to business locations within the Parish.
  • Additional and improved signing/road markings need to be introduced (also repair/replacement of certain existing signs).
  • Village ‘Gateways’ should be created at most entries to the villages.
1. 30mph additions/extension:
Draycott Village, with 30mph limit signs at
Junction B4479/Minor Road (OS 177 360 - after the bridge);
Draycott Road (from Blockley - OS 175 355);
Minor road, Draycott to Aston Magna (OS 184 358);
Minor road, Draycott to Batsford (OS 183 355).
Further up Greenway Road, Blockley;
2. 20mph zone:
Between St George’s Terrace and School Lane junctions with B4479 (between OS 166 350 and 165 347).
Additionally, a ‘Road Narrowing’ marking scheme to be introduced to calm traffic at both approaches to and through Lower Brook Corner.
3. Business Centre Signing:
At Portobello Farm (for traffic from the North) on A44 at top of Greenway Road and Blockley Hill (for traffic from West, South & East), for both Northwick & Draycott Centres. Until such time as Greenway Road is HGV capable, direct HGV from the West via Blockley Hill.

This signing to continue appropriately through the Parish to avoid potential wrong turnings, particularly down Blockley High Street (from which the only current escape route is via Chapel Lane).

4. Village Gateways:
At entries to the villages, marked with a combination of ‘Drive Carefully’ village name signs, followed by prominent, large 30mph signs.
At most entries, these gateways to be preceded by 3-2-1 advance 30mph warning signs.

Entries so involved:

Greenway, Park Road, Station Road.
(Blockley Hill to have ‘gateway’ and warning of 20mph ahead, also road narrows, hazardous corner ahead signs).
At Knee Brook bridge (preferably linked with ‘Give Way to Oncoming Traffic’ signing);
At northern entry from Shipston.
At new 30mph limit points on Draycott Road, Aston Magna Road, Batsford Road.
Aston Magna:
At existing 30mph limits, from Fosseway and from Draycott.
5. Other Signing & Recommendations:
Warning of Concealed Entrances, Horses Crossing etc at hazardous points not otherwise covered eg by Northwick Mill on the B4479.
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