Traffic plays a big part in the concerns of many locals. In an effort to have a number of issues addressed the Community Council sought the recommendations of East Lothian Council’s Transport department. Here’s the suggestions it came up with in response to this request.
1. Easter Pencaitland Roundabout: Entering Pencaitland from the Haddington road ELC is proposing a roundabout with a proper central island. The current recommendation would necessitate relocating the war memorial and seating to a different corner. Additionally speed restrictions would be extended so that the 30mph limit would not cease until after leaving the village and would come into force before entering.
2. Pencaitland village road (Easter): After entering the village ELC is proposing traffic calming measures which are a combination of road narrowing and forming parking bays to the south side of the road in two locations.
3. Wester Pencaitland: Entering Wester Pencaitland ELC is proposing to move the speed restriction signs further west so that they come into force before vehicles arrive at houses. Additionally, in the run-up to the 30mph speed sign there would be 3 sets of rumble strips.Proposed Traffic Calming Pencaitland PDF) is keen to get community input and feedback which can then be shared with ELC’s Transport department.
For example, some locals have already questioned whether the War Memorial could remain roughly where it is, only being moved slightly further back in it’s current locale, in order to accommodate the necessary space required for a full-blown roundabout.
Below we are presenting the logic behind each of the recommendations from ELC so that the community can then give meaningful feedback to the proposals.
Why a roundabout at Easter Pencaitland village entrance?
Why not Traffic Signals?
- Poor junction intervisibility (visibility between drivers at each stop line)
- Tight corner radii, swept vehicular path requires stop line to be set back which has a detrimental effect on junction intervisibility
- Inefficient due to low volume of traffic
- Queue lengths may lead to non-compliance with the desired minimum stopping sight distance, this will be particularly prevalent on the A6093 approach from Haddington
- Potential emission increase due to queuing vehicular traffic
- Aesthetics, clutter of poles and signal heads
- The main flow of traffic on the A6093 may result in through traffic not having to stop due to low demand from the B6355
Why a Roundabout?
- Minimal delays to vehicular traffic
- Emphasise transition from rural to urban Speed Reduction
- Attractive entrance to the village – Landscaping possibilities
- Improved vehicular safety
- Improved vehicular turning movements
Why narrowing of the Easter Pencaitland village road?
In ELC proposing road narrowing your Community Council asked the question, ‘How will this improve over the status quo or some other measure?’ Here’s the arguments we received:
Central Refuge Islands discounted for the following reasons:
- Insufficient road width at appropriate locations.
- Reduction in on street parking.
- Would affect the movement of large agricultural vehicles.
- Impact on cyclists
Priority Traffic System discounted for the following reasons:
- Reduction in on-street parking.
- Does not work well with low traffic flows and good forward visibility.
Speed tables/bumps (and other forms of vertical deflection) discounted for the following reasons:
- Increased vehicle noise and vibration.
- Would affect bus services.
- Not suitable for an A Class district distributor road.
Carriageway Narrowing (as shown on PDF)
- Allows footways to be widened.
- Reduces pedestrian crossing width.
- Allows on street parking areas to be formed.
- Does not restrict agricultural vehicle movements.
- No adverse affect on cyclists
More detailed cross-section views of the effects of the road narrowing/footpath widening can be viewed on this PDF File.
Next Steps… have your say
So now it’s over to the community. What do you think of the recommendations being made by East Lothian Council’s transport team? What do you like or dislike and please give us your reasons too.
You can either leave comments below or on our Facebook page where we will collate them and provide feedback to ELC. If you would rather not leave a public comment then send your private views via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.