Speed bump numbers reach new high

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Published on 22 July 2019 by Mike Waters

A Freedom of Information request sent by carmaker Citroen to 400 county authorities has found that the number of speed bumps on the United Kingdom’s roads has reached a new high.

Now standing at 42,000 individual speed bumps across 14,000 roads with a combined length of approximately 2,000 miles, the total number has risen by 5% over the past three years. A further 12,000 ‘traffic calming’ measures of various kinds – including ramps and width restrictions – were also found.

Eight of the ten greatest concentrations of speed bumps were found in London, with all 125 miles of roads under the jurisdiction of Newham Council having speed bumps. Outside the capital, the most speed bumps and traffic calming measures on Council roads were found in Norwich (17%), Portsmouth (13%) and Bury (12%).

Speed bumps were first installed in the UK after the Highways (Road Humps) Regulations came into force in 1983, but their invention dates back to the early 20th century. They are commonly cited as being partially responsible for the UK’s 80% fall in road fatalities since they peaked in 1941.

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