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Stamford and Bourne communities to get right to apply for 20mph zones in speed hotspots after Lincolnshire County Council approve plan



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Communities plagued by speeding motorists will soon be able to apply to have new 20mph limits in their neighbourhoods.

The proposal by Coun Richard Cleaver (Ind - Stamford West) and the Independent group was approved unanimously at a Lincolnshire County Council meeting on Friday.

Details of how it will be rolled out will be decided by the council’s highways and transport scrutiny committee, with a pledge to get it up and running within six months.

Coun Richard Cleaver is helping residents to lower speed limits
Coun Richard Cleaver is helping residents to lower speed limits

Coun Cleaver decided to look into 20mph limits after calls from residents in and around Stamford, particularly along Roman Bank and Sutherland Way.

“I’m really pleased the framework for this is now in place,” he said.

“It really is something that needed to be done. Most other local authorities in the country are doing something in this area already.

Studies show lowering a speed limit from 30mph to 20mph can reduce collisions by 60 per cent
Studies show lowering a speed limit from 30mph to 20mph can reduce collisions by 60 per cent

“Anyone who would like their residential area to be considered can contact the county council through town and parish councils or their county councillors.”

Maureen Jalili has spent more than four years campaigning for traffic calming along Roman Bank, which links Empingham Road with Tinwell Road - two main routes into Stamford.

“We would definitely apply for a 20mph limit,” she said.

“There are a lot of problems that are just getting worse, so even if we can address just one of those issues that would be very helpful.

“We are getting more young families moving in, and young children with bikes learning to ride on the road with their parents.

“If you have cars zooming up here at 40mph, it really is quite dangerous.”

Mrs Jalili’s neighbour, Connie Bain, added: “I don’t think it will answer all of the issues, but it is a step in the right direction.

“The cars fly down Tinwell Road ignoring the 30mph sign and screech to a halt when they get to the roundabout.

“Roman Bank has become an absolute rat run, with cars whizzing down - it’s hideous.

“It’s not much fun living here anymore.”

Through his research, Coun Cleaver found there had been 1,025 casualties in 30mph zones on Lincolnshire’s roads in 2019, according to Department for Transport statistics.

A 1996 study found average annual collisions could fall by about 60 per cent by lowering the limit from 30mph to 20mph, and collisions involving injury to children could be reduced by up to two-thirds. Traffic noise also falls by three decibels in this range.

Coun Cleaver hoped the move would encourage more walking and cycling, and reduce traffic.

Ian Richardson, temporary chief inspector of special operations for Lincolnshire Police, welcomed the move.

“Keeping our roads safe is of huge importance to us as a force,” he said.

Speeding is a contributory factor in collisions where people are seriously injured or killed.”

As well as drivers flouting the 30mph limit, Roman Bank, which is also on a bus route, is frequently used by shoppers and commuters looking for free parking.

“There has been an accumulation of problems,” explained Mrs Jalili.

“We assume that when more housing estates come, the parking will be even worse.

“We even have people who park up here for a couple of weeks, take their suitcases, walk to the railway station and go on holiday.”

l What do you think? Do you want your street to have a 20mph limit?
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