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LYMM is looking for “traffic champions” – volunteers prepared to put hi-tech sensors in their windows to capture information about passing traffic.

The unobtrusive, ultra-low powered sensors would not capture people or vehicle registration details – simply data about traffic volumes, types, timing and speeds.

Lymm Parish Council believes the information gathered could help them come up with a transport plan to cope with the way traffic in the village has changed over the years.

In particular they are keen to see how traffic levels vary in different locations when there are unplanned road closures, such as accidents on the M6/M56 motorway network or during village events such as the May Queen Festival, Dickensian Day, Food Fest, Duck Race, etc.

The data collected would then be used to compare how these traffic levels compare with normal daily traffic profiles.

It could also be used to help determine if traffic calming, alternate traffic systems, or weekend event summer closures ‘could’ be appropriate.

The locations that require volunteers can be found at www.lymmparishcouncil.gov.uk/traffic-survey along with further information about the project, how to express interest or to sign up.
Parish Councillor Steve Towndrow, said: “Lymm Parish Council’s aim is that these sensors will put an evidence-based approach into the wider conversation of traffic management, road safety, noise, pollution, foot fall and help influence a traffic management strategy that benefits Lymm residents, businesses and visitors.”
Further information can be obtained from Rod Tucker, assistant clerk to the council, from assistantclerk@lymmparishcouncil.gov.uk or 07555 252387.
Pictures: Cllr Steve Towndrow and a sensor fitted to a window.


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