Ask us to install speed bumps, speed tables, or speed cushions

What are speed bumps, speed tables, and speed cushions, ask us to install some, and find out what other requests we’ve had to install them.

Speed bumps, speed tables, and speed cushions encourage drivers to drive more slowly, because they’re uncomfortable to drive over at high speed.

We don’t install speed bumps anymore, because speed tables and speed cushions are better at slowing traffic down.

Speed tables

A speed table looks like a wider, flatter speed bump. It’s a raised section of road, on the same level as the pavement. Its edges slope towards the road, and have white arrows painted on them to make the speed table obvious to drivers.

We tend to use speed tables on or close to junctions, where speeds are relatively low.

We also use speed tables to give priority to pedestrians at junctions, where two or more roads meet.

Speed tables are expensive to install, especially if we need to move drains to install them.

Speed cushions

Speed cushions look like square rounded speed bumps, and are normally in the centre of a road lane. They’re slightly wider than cars, to encourage drivers to slow down and drive over the centre of the speed cushion.

We tend to use speed cushions on residential roads and roads that join a main road, where we know speeding is a problem.

We prefer to use cushions instead of bumps because larger vehicles, such as buses or ambulances, can drive over them without passengers feeling anything or affecting their response times.

Ask us to install speed cushions or speed tables

To ask for speed cushions or speed tables, use the ask for a change to a road form.

Ask for a change to a road

You can also check if someone else has asked for them in the same spot.

What happens next

We’ll record your request and consider it when we decide which requests to go ahead with. This will depend on different things, including:

  • whether we think the area needs it
  • the cost
  • how it might affect traffic in the area

If we agree to your request, there will be a consultation and public advertisement before we can go ahead with the installation.

The public advertisement involves posting:

  • notices on site telling people of the suggested change
  • an advert in the local press inviting comments or objections

The consultation and public advertisement can take six months or longer.