Over 100 roads in region face speed limit cuts
SPEED limits across North East Lincolnshire could be cut as part of a drive to save lives and reduce the number of accidents on our roads.
The proposed £500,000 North East Lincolnshire Council scheme, which has been widely welcomed by road safety campaigners, will affect roads of all types – from the A180 to residential streets such as Brereton Avenue.
Among the key elements of the plan are:
Reducing the speed limit from national to 50mph on the A180 from Pyewipe roundabout to Lockhill roundabout; the A18 from Laceby Top roundabout to the county boundary just outside Ludborough and the A1136 from Great Coates roundabout to Europarc.
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Imposing 20mph limits on all but "strategic roads" in the East Marsh and Sidney Sussex wards.
Slowing traffic passing through Healing and Aylesby to 30mph from 40mph.
Reducing the limit from 50mph to 40mph on the B1210 from Healing to Great Coates.
Creating new 20mph zones around Old Clee School, Grimsby; The Leas School, Waltham; and Stanford School, Laceby.
Dave Poucher, principal traffic engineer at Balfour Beatty, pictured, also revealed that one of the major proposals, reducing the A180 limit near Grimsby from 70mph to 50mph could be coupled with speed cameras.
The main aim of the scheme is to help NELC meet government targets of cutting the average number of children killed or seriously injured (KSI) on our roads in half by 2020, in comparison to the average recorded between 2004 and 2008.
During this period the KSI average was 21, meaning that by 2020 the number of children killed or injured should be 10 or less.
However, no children have been killed on the borough's roads between January 2006 and June 2011 – the latest figures available – although 10 were seriously injured in 2010 and, up to June 30 last year, five had suffered serious injuries.
A serious injury is classed as anything which required a person to be treated as an inpatient in hospital, or if they sustained fractures, concussion, internal injuries, burns, crushing injuries, severe cuts, or severe shock.
Mr Poucher raised the proposals at a meeting with Environment portfolio holder Councillor Alex Wallace.
He said: "Perhaps the most impactive of the proposals is that for the A180.
"We have big collision problems at two roundabouts, Westgate and Pyewipe, and what we would like to see is that we ensure a lower speed in the urban section of the A180, down from 70 to 50.
"This may well be allied with camera enforcement. It could be static enforcement or average speed enforcement."
He added that the imposition of 20mph zones in residential streets would be backed up with traffic calming measures where none were already in place, which would be implemented after consulting with residents.
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