I refer to the article blaming speed humps for slowing ambulance response times (NCE 25 September). I am suspicious of an organisation that blames traffic calming for its poor response times and suspect that blames lies elsewhere.
Traffic calming measures do not affect major routes and yet we all know that, particularly at peak times, traffic speeds on these routes are historically slow.
In the London Borough of Bromley, we pride ourselves on our good road safety record and before we install accident reduction measures, we consult widely and welcome any comments from the community.
It is a shame that the London Ambulance Service (LAS) has consistently failed to respond in the past about the installation of traffic calming schemes.
Nobody should accept ill thought out schemes and we need to address the perception that some schemes are ineffective. In Bromley, engineering measures must go hand in hand with educating vulnerable road users of the road safety dangers. We are all interested in saving lives and we are confident that our record can and does stand up to public scrutiny.
Gareth Davies Gareth.Davies@bromley.