Travel and road safety experiences in Laxey, Lonan and Maughold

Closed 11 May 2022

Opened 30 Mar 2022

Feedback updated 8 Aug 2022

We asked

The Garff Road Safety Working Group sought views on your travel experiences within the Sheading, including how you make your journeys and your motives for these choices, as well as perceptions of road safety and challenges encountered within the survey area. 

The Garff Road Safety Working Group is made up of:

  • Garff Commissioners
  • Garff Members of the House of Keys (MHKs)
  • Legislative Council
  • Laxey and Dhoon Schools
  • Local residents
  • Road Safety Team, Isle of Man Constabulary
  • Department of Infrastructure

The consultation requested information in a number of areas:

  • Frequency and methods of travel in the survey area
  • Appropriateness of speed limits
  • Perception of compliance with 20mph speed limits
  • Safety when using active travel
  • Barriers to active travel, and possible solutions
  • Suggestions for improving travel within the survey area

You said

There were a total of 322 responses to the consultation; we would like to thank those who took the time to complete the consultation online or in writing.

83.5% of respondents travel daily in the survey area, with driving a car reported as the most common method of regular travel in the area, following by walking.

From the perspective of a vehicle driver, 72.8% of respondents to the question find the speed limits in the survey area to be appropriate.  From the perspective of a pedestrian, cyclist, or other non-motorised transport user, 69.9% of respondents to the question find the speed limits in the survey area to be appropriate. 

While the majority may feel the current speed limits are appropriate, there is widespread concern that they are not adhered to at numerous locations.  92.0% of respondents to the question perceive at least some level of non-compliance to the 20mph speed limit in areas of Laxey Village.

48.4% of respondents to the question feel ‘mostly safe’ or ‘very safe’ when travelling actively in the survey area (e.g. walking, cycling, wheelchairs, mobility aids, and other means of self-propulsion).

There was no single barrier to active travel that stood out for a majority of respondents.  However, the barriers that respondents most often rated as ‘high’ were time constraints, quality and provision of footways, distance of journeys, and provision of cycling routes.

Of the suggestions for enabling active travel, 67.1% of respondents to the question believe that improvement to footways would encourage/facilitate, or greatly encourage/facilitate, their participation in active travel.  There were other suggestions which also received some support.

51.2% of respondents completed the section on access to schools within and from the survey area.  Travelling by car and walking are the most common methods of daily travel to Laxey and Dhoon Schools, and travelling by bus is the most common method of travel to secondary school.

24.9% of respondents to the question feel ‘mostly safe’ or ‘very safe’ when travelling actively to Laxey or Dhoon School, with the safety of routes and road crossings identified as the main barriers.

Improvements to, or the creation of, pedestrian crossings was identified as the most popular way to increase active travel to Laxey and Dhoon Schools, supported by 24.3% of respondents to this question.

48.8% of respondents submitted details of challenges or incidents they have encountered when travelling within the survey area. The locations that received the most comments in this section included a portion of the A2 Road (with junctions to Ard Reayrt, Minorca Hill and Ballaragh Road), the section of the New Road passing through Laxey village centre, and Minorca Hill.

37.9% of respondents stated they would be interested in taking part in continued consultation on this subject, and 95.1% of this group provided an email address by which they could be contacted.

Please see the full report for a more comprehensive review of the consultation responses.

We did

Your responses to this consultation will be considered by the Garff Road Safety Working Group, providing the group with a clearer understanding of people’s everyday experiences of traveling through and within the survey area. 

This information will be used to guide and inform future highways and road safety interventions with the intention of addressing issues raised in the consultation where feasible.

Overview

The Garff Road Safety Working Group seek views on your travel experiences within the Sheading, including how you make your journeys and your motives for these choices, as well as perceptions of road safety and challenges encountered within the survey area. Please refer to the map for definition of the area covered by this consultation

The working group is made up of:

  • Garff Commissioners
  • Garff Members of the House of Keys (MHKs)
  • Legislative Council
  • Laxey and Dhoon Schools
  • Local residents
  • Road Safety Team, Isle of Man Constabulary
  • Department of Infrastructure

Why your views matter

Your response to this consultation will help us gain a clearer understanding of people’s everyday experiences of traveling through and within the survey area. This may be used to guide and inform future highways and road safety interventions.

Feedback and result summaries will be published following the close of the consultation. 

Areas

  • Garff

Audiences

  • Road users

Interests

  • Buses, trams & railways
  • Roads, parking & pavements
  • Vehicles and taxis