Select Committee on Transport, Local Government and the Regions Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence

Memorandum by Durham County Council (RTS 149)


  I understand that a House of Commons Transport, Local Government and the Regions Select Committee Review is being undertaken into Illegal and Inappropriate Speed and Casualty Reduction.

  In County Durham, a Speed Management Partnership Forum has been established for some time now to co-ordinate and undertake initiatives regarding speed related issues. This is a partnership between Durham County Council, Darlington Borough Council, Durham Constabulary, Highways Agency, Central Office of Information (COI) County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Brigade, North East Ambulance Service, County Durham and Darlington Health Authority and County of Durham Magistrates' Court.

  The partnership has developed a Durham and Darlington Speed Management Strategy which is a comprehensive document setting out a plan for speed management in the Durham Constabulary area over the next five years. The purpose of the strategy is to address both excess speed and inappropriate speed on the roads of County Durham and Darlington in order to reduce casualties and improve the quality of life for people who live in the area and for those travelling in it.

  The strategy adopts a multi-disciplinary approach to speed management using education, encouragement, engineering and enforcement and is consistent with the overall aims and objectives of the Council's Local Transport Plan and road casualty reduction policies, which supports the national strategy and targets set for 2010.

  I enclose a copy of the Speed Management Strategy document, the contents of which I hope the Committee will find of interest.[99] If you require further information or more copies please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Roger Elphick

Head of Highway Management Services

30 January 2002

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