Council insist there is 'plenty of room' for drivers to pass one another on Copsterhill Road

Date published: 20 May 2022

Angry local drivers have demanded action be taken to remove the road humps on Copsterhill Road in Oldham.

One unnamed driver has stated that they now do their best to avoid the road, and they feel sympathy for public transport users on the busy route.

The driver told the Chronicle: "I would like to know who allowed road humps to be installed all the way down Copsterhill Road.

"The road is now too narrow to get traffic up or down as drivers are trying to avoid them.

"These humps have made Copsterhill a road to avoid because the humps will cause damage to car suspension and steering of the cars, and that's not forgetting buses travelling up and down.

"Someone is having a laugh at the expense of others. They need to be removed before there is a serious accident."

Oldham Council, however, has dismissed any notion that Copsterhill road has been narrowed at any point.

A Council spokesperson responded by saying: “The speed humps were introduced following road safety concerns, specifically speeding vehicles, from the local community. 

“The humps are designed to help reduce speeds and prevent road safety accidents and injuries.

“Speed cushions have been at this location for some time.

"However, a few months ago, we replaced the previously worn tarmac speed cushions with recycled rubber cushions.

“The speed humps are built to the same height and standard used across the country.

“Due to the nationally agreed design, buses, ambulances, fire engines, refuse wagons etc are able to straddle the cushions with minimal impact.

"When cars are driven over them at reduced speeds  - as intended - there is no evidence of damage to vehicles and road users will not suffer undue discomfort.

“The road width has not changed as part of the works replacing the speed humps, therefore if drivers keep to the speed limit and stay on the right side of the road there will be plenty of room for vehicles to pass each other as previously."

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