Lincolnshire County Council rejects pleas for 40mph speed limit on A15 in Northorpe

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A VILLAGE’S plea for a speed limit to be lowered has been rejected by county councillors.

Thurlby Parish Council chairman Barry Dobson has been campaigning for the 60mph speed limit on the A15 through Northorpe to be reduced to 40mph. He also wants pedestrian crossings to be installed in Northorpe and Thurlby.

Lincolnshire County Council has imposed restrictions of 40mph in Thurlby, Baston and Langtoft and installed pelican crossings in Baston and Langtoft.

Coun Dobson and the rest of the parish council have repeatedly asked the county council to reduce the limit in Northorpe and add crossings there and in Thurlby. But the council has decided that nothing needs to be done.

Coun Dobson said: “There are speed limits on the A15 Baston and Langtoft. We have two exits on to the road, one in Thurlby and one in Northorpe.

“Although Thurlby does have a 40mph speed limit, it starts about 200m before the crossroads and we have nothing in Northorpe.

“Children and old people have to cross the road for the bus. Vulnerable road users haven’t been taken into account.”

Although he ultimately wants to see pedestrian crossings in both villages, Coun Dobson said he would be happy with a speed limit reduction in Northorpe.

The council’s area highways manager Kevin Brumfield said there were strict criteria set by the Government for determining speed limits on A and B roads and a review showed the 60mph limit to be appropriate.

Coun Dobson says he will fight on.