New traffic signs could be installed in Marlow in a bid to slow down speeding drivers.

Village gateways – signs that welcome drivers into a particular town, village or city where a speed limit changes – could be put in on the B482 Lane End Road and the A4155 Henley Road, where the current Marlow signs are.

Marlow town councillors said at the last meeting of the full council that they provide a “smart, clear” entrance to the town and are statistically proven to help reduce traffic speeds.

They cited a Department of Transport paper from 2006 which reportedly that five different towns and villages that had these gateways installed saw a traffic speed reduction of up to 30 per cent.

Cllr Richard Scott said: “There is evidence that these types of gateways do have the effect of slowing speeding vehicles.

“That is why they will be situated adjacent to 30mph signs on Henley Road and Seymour Court Road.

“There is evidence of speeding on these two roads and the town council uses its MVAS [Mobile Vehicle Activated Sign] speed notification equipment regularly on them.

“Thames Valley Police also carry out regular speed checks on these roads.”

The town council agreed to buy the gateways, setting aside £1,700 from its community infrastructure levy reserves, but Bucks County Council, which looks after roads, needs to agree to the installation.

Cllr Scott said they could be installed by early summer.