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Council cuts speed limit in Northorpe

Need for Speed Limit/Crossing
Northorpe Crossroads, nr Bourne
22/05/12
Councillors and residents at the crossroads Nicola Bradley, Barry Sadler, Barry Dobson, Robert Rose, Vicki Appleyard with her children Rhianna 8, Ben 7.

Need for Speed Limit/Crossing Northorpe Crossroads, nr Bourne 22/05/12 Councillors and residents at the crossroads Nicola Bradley, Barry Sadler, Barry Dobson, Robert Rose, Vicki Appleyard with her children Rhianna 8, Ben 7.

People living near a busy road were given the perfect Christmas present after the county council agreed to drop the speed limit through their village.

Drivers travelling on the A15 between Bourne and Baston will soon have to abide by a 40mph limit through Northorpe.

Lincolnshire County Council agreed to decrease the limit from 60mph after a lengthy and hard-fought campaign by residents and Thurlby parish councillors.

The limit between Northorpe and Thurlby will also drop from 60mph to 50mph as the county council tries to reduce road accidents.

Thurlby Parish Council chairman Barry Dobson said he was thrilled to be able to announce the “perfect Christmas present” to the village.

He added: “We are absolutely delighted after years of trying. Our concerted effort began about two years ago with articles in the Mercury and Local. That seemed to be the trigger.”

Councillors began the campaign in an effort to reduce the danger to both pedestrians crossing the road and motorists pulling out from Northorpe and Fen Road. There are two bus stops in Northorpe, which are used by school children and elderly people travelling to Bourne or Peterborough.

Coun Dobson said: “It’s probably less dangerous during rush hour because at that time it’s just nose to tail traffic.

“When the road is more free drivers just seem to speed through. It’s still going to be dangerous but with the limits in place there is a chance we can put a crossing in if we can justify it to the county council.”

Councillors hope to make the case for two pedestrian crossings in Northorpe and Thurlby. The crossings should cost in the region of £200,000, and Coun Dobson accepts the villages may have to fund them.

He said: “It doesn’t seem the county council has any more money for crossings. We may have to hold fundraising events.”

Work to install the new limits should take eight to 10 weeks. Area highways manager at Lincolnshire County Council Kevin Brumfield said: “There have been a number of accidents on this road so in conjunction with the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership, we are lowering the speed limit to help reduce these.”

 

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