New speed limit for dangerous stretch of A17

50mph speed limit sign
50mph speed limit sign

The county council highways department is currently consulting residents on a plan to introduce a 50mph speed limit on a stretch of the A17 near Heckington.

The plan is to impose a 50mph limit on the A17 from Carter’s Plot lay by to the B1394 Boston Road junction turning down towards the village.

Rowan Smith, area highways manager, said: “Following incidents at this location, including a HGV leaving the road, we have proposed a 50mph speed limit.

“Although this and other incidents were not specifically caused by speeding, we believe that this will help to maintain lower speeds on this road.”

The consultation period runs until July 29 and the authority says all feedback will be considered.

Heckington Parish Councillors have welcomed the scheme but queried the wisdom of leaving a short stretch from Carter’s Plot to the Sidebar Lane junction for South Kyme as a 60 mph, after which there is the longer accident reduction zone through East Heckington where the limit drops to 50mph again.

Vice-chairman of the parish council, Jan Palmer warned it could cause more accidents on the bend as motorists leave Carter’s Plot layby, and drivers would speed up after one 50mph limit or even try to overtake and then have to brake again quickly for the next one. She said: “In the last three weeks we have had 11 accidents on the stretch between Heckington and Swineshead Bridge and two deaths.”

The councillors added that this limit would not effect drivers encountering lorries slowing to turn in and out of the Garwick Cafe entrance.

But Mr Smith said: “In our proposal we did consider extending this reduction to the section between Carter’s Plot and the end of the existing 50mph limit.

“However, on a main road this could cause complacency, and instead having different speed limits will encourage drivers to be aware of their surroundings and speed.”