UK Gets The Hump Over Increase In Speed Bumps

Thu 18th Jul 2019

Roads in Britain have seen a five per cent increase in speed bumps over the past three years according to figures published from a Freedom of Information request.

The data, which has been provided by councils from across the UK, suggests that there are now more than 42,000 speed bumps, stretching across 2,000 miles of road.

Unsurprisingly London drivers are seeing the most speed bumps, with eight out of the top ten councils coming from the capital, with Newham Council having speed bumps right across the 124 miles of roads it looks after. Norwich, Portsmouth and Bury are the biggest speed bump areas for the rest of the UK.

French car manufacturer Citroen carried out the research in an effort to promote their Advanced Comfort technology which is supposed to make driving over speed bumps a more pleasant experience.

Souad Wrixen, marketing director for the UK, explained: “At Citroen, we are committed to providing our customers with the best journey experience possible no matter what the road surface. 

“Speed bumps and other traffic calming measures have their place on UK roads helping to improve road safety and reduce fatalities. 

“So, when approached at the correct speed and with care, our Advanced Comfort programme will ensure that humps and speed tables can be navigated more comfortably, avoiding the sharp jolts often experienced by road users.”

Speed bumps were first introduced in the United States in the early 1900s and it wasn’t until 1983 that we finally saw them in this country.