‘Advertising speed limit will make life more dangerous’
INSTALLING traffic signs to lower the speed limit on a winding country lane will actually have the reverse effect of speeding traffic up, say neighbours living on the outskirts of Warwick,
Kelvin Barber, who has lived in Lower Norton for the past 35 years, is expecting to meet with county council road safety engineers today (Friday) to discuss their proposals for a 50 mph limit on Brittons Lane which continues in to North Curlieu Lane.
He said: “All of us are concerned even though at the moment there are no speed restrictions at all on North Curlieu Lane. In some parts the road doesn’t have a pavement and is regularly used by unaccompanied schoolchildren, mothers with prams and old age pensioners, as well as horse riders, dog walkers and cyclists.
“No specific signage has the effect of making motorists cautious because they don’t know what’s round the bend.”
He added: “Even though motorists can legally drive down our lane at 60 mph, county road engineers have registered the mean speed as just 23 mph because the the carriageway is so narrow.
“What we fear is that once a sign is installed in Brittons Lane advising drivers that there is a speed limit of 50mph it will be used as a precedent as they continue in to Norton Curlieu Lane.
“At the moment, as the mean speed shows, even though drivers can travel at higher speeds they excercise some natural caution. They might not if there’s a sign advising them that 50 mph is acceptable.”
Mr Barber says anyone who studies a map of the village will see that Brittons Lane, New Road and Norton Curlieu Lane are all in the parish of Norton Lindsey and form a linear exit out of the village.
He added: “We have met with local MP Chris White who has sent us a message of support. Now we need to convince traffic engineers that it will be totally unrealistic to actually advertise such high speeds for this road.”
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