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3. Traffic and transport Traffic The Parish of Caldecote is characterised by an almost straight road running from the A428 at the north, to the B1046 in the south. In Highfields Caldecote there are a number of roads branching off, but the main road (called Highfields Rd in Highfields Caldecote, and Main Street in the old village of Caldecote) is the only route in and out of the village. Although Highfields Caldecote has a 30 mph speed restriction, and Caldecote a 40 mph speed restriction, the largely straight nature of the road means that speeding is a potential problem. One of the preconditions that went with the new housing developments in Highfields Caldecote was that appropriate traffic calming measures be installed along Highfields Road. The speed humps/thumps and mini-roundabouts, which are now the cause of so much debate within the village, were thus installed by the developers. Apart from the 40 mph speed restriction between the bridge over Bourn Brook and Clare Farm, there are currently no traffic calming measures in the old village of Caldecote. In contrast to the relatively straight road in Highfields Caldecote, the road in the old village has a couple of difficult bends and narrows at one point to almost a single lane with steep banks to either side. The ‘sunken’ nature of the road is an important historic characteristic and this part of the road falls within a Conservation Area. Unfortunately, traffic is gradually eroding the banks and there are no provisions for pedestrians. The road is frequently used by walkers, joggers, cyclists and horse riders of all ages as well as by cars, buses and farm vehicles. Traffic calming There is very little publicly available data on traffic, including accidents, for our Parish. Consequently, it is difficult to assess whether the village actually needs traffic calming measures and what their impact is on the number of accidents. According to the Department for Transport2 a reduction in traffic speed leads to fewer and less severe accidents. Traffic calming measures involving “horizontal or vertical displacements” such as chicanes and bumps are more effective at reducing the number of accidents than coloured tarmac and traffic islands.

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http://www.dft.gov.uk/adobepdf/165240/244921/244924/1100_Village_traffic_calmin1.pdf

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Caldecote Parish Plan  

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Caldecote Parish Plan  

We hope that you find this document informative and thought provoking – it contains a wealth of information about what residents think about...

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