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MP urges council to rethink speed limits

MP Stephen Phillips has been lobbying in the House of Commons for lower speed limits such as here in West Willoughby. Photo: 0708SB-4

MP Stephen Phillips has been lobbying in the House of Commons for lower speed limits such as here in West Willoughby. Photo: 0708SB-4

Sleaford and North Hykeham MP Stephen Phillips has been lobbying the roads minister in Parliament to help get speed limits in rural villages in Lincolnshire lowered.

Mr Phillips says the current limits, set by Lincolnshire County Council, are too high through some smaller residential areas such as in West Willoughby, near Ancaster.

He was told by the county council that it differed from national guidelines and set limits according to the average speed of vehicles passing through villages.

In the debate in the House of Commons, Mr Phillips accepted the lack of trunk roads and high number of small, scattered villages in the county meant higher speed limits on open roads, but added: “To suggest that it should dictate the same in village situations is to run the risk that the safety of my constituents will be trumped by the need to keep traffic moving between major population centres, which I could not accept.”

Minister, Stephen Hammond urged local authorities to ensure their speed limits are in line with the Department of Transport guidelines and are kept under review as circumstances change as well as introducing more 20mph limits and zones. He will be visiting the area later this year.

Speaking later Mr Phillips branded the council policy ridiculous: “These are residential areas with children and elderly people needing to cross the road, whether to get to the park, the pub, the right bus stop or other facilities.

“I hope that the combined pressure from local campaigners and the minister will cause the council to see sense and put a universal village speed limit of 30mph in place for the safety of all.”

 

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