Road bumps are giving us the hump

Lochgelly and Cardenden councillor Mark Hood has called for a rethink on traffic calming measures taken on a Cardenden road after residents complained about the increase in traffic noise following new speed bumps being installed.
Lochgelly and Cardenden councillor Mark Hood has called for a rethink on traffic calming measures taken on a Cardenden road after residents complained about the increase in traffic noise following new speed bumps being installed.

A CARDENDEN councillor has called for a rethink on traffic calming measures on a town road.

The move follows complaints by residents about the increase in traffic noise after four new speed humps were installed on Jamphlars Road in March last year.

The comments by Labour councillor Mark Hood, who also represents Lochgelly, have been backed by Cardenden Community Council.

Councillor Hood told the Press: “I don’t think anyone anticipated the effect adding these speed bumps would have on local residents, but it is clear the increase in traffic noise has been significant and is having a real impact on their quality of life.

“No one disputes that traffic calming measures are needed to make this road safe, but it’s important to make sure they are appropriate for a specific location.

“The number of heavy goods vehicles that use this road and the proximity of the speed bumps to residents’ homes means on this occasion the location of some of the speed bumps is not suitable and they will need removed.”

Alex Burns, chairman of Cardenden Community Council, said: “The problem seems to be the number of heavy goods vehicles that use the road and the noise they create when going over the bumps.

Deafening

“This seems to be especially bad when the vehicles are not carrying a load and the lorry container seems to act like a drum making deafening noise. We need to get something done to resolve this issue.”

Cllr Hood added: “I have written to Council officers asking if they would look at this. It may be more appropriate to reduce the speed limit from 30 mph to 20 mph and remove some of the speed bumps which are having the biggest impact.”

Ian Smith, Fife Council lead officer traffic management, said: “Three speed surveys have been requested on Jamphlars Road to give evidence of the impact of the original speed cushions and the newer ones provided, as part of planning conditions, in 2010.”

He added: “The results will hopefully be received this month and they will then be analysed to identify if alterations are appropriate.”