SPEED limits on the main Douglas to Peel road have been reviewed – and it is proposed that ‘unnecessary’ 30mph restrictions will be removed.
The review involved obtaining data on the speed of traffic and the history of injury accidents along the length of the A1.
These were taken into account together with the nature of the road and the number of properties fronting the highway to determine the most appropriate speed limit for each section of the route.
The proposed changes to the speed limit traffic regulation orders on the A1 will be advertised this month.
The main proposals will see a reduction in the length of 30mph speed limits which currently extend unnecessarily beyond built-up areas.
At present there is a section of 30mph from Douglas town boundary to the beginning of the 40mph section outside Snugborough Industrial Estate. This will be made 40mph all the way through.
The section of 30mph on the eastbound approach to Crosby will be brought tighter into the village.
A 40mph buffer will be introduced where the existing 30mph is so that drivers will slow progressively through that section from the earlier de-restricted section to 30mph.
The 30mph limit east of the Ballacraine junction is also being moved closer to the farm, in the westbound direction.
And the 30mph eastbound approach to St John’s will be moved closer to the village and replaced with a 40mph buffer zone which will extend over the Ballaleece Bridge.
‘Gateway signing’ will be introduced to alert approaching drivers on the approach to built-up areas.
In addition, old or redundant signing will be removed to reduce clutter. The proposals have also taken into account the use of the A1 during the TT and MGP.
Commissioners and police have been consulted and their comments have been considered while drawing up the final proposals.