Roundabout and speed hump plan for Grimsby road described as a 'rat-run'
LONG-suffering residents on a Grimsby road branded a "rat-run" are likely to get a mini roundabout and speed humps to help alleviate the problem.
At a public meeting to discuss the plans, they slammed motorists for driving at high speeds in Broadway, –which they have dubbed "Cadwell Park".
They say it is used as a rat-run for motorists travelling between the A46 and A180.
There have been nine serious collisions in Broadway in the past five years – five of them involving children using the road going to and from Laceby Acres Primary School and Broadway children's centre.
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North East Lincolnshire Council has now proposed a new scheme to calm traffic after an initial plan was widely criticised.
The new proposal is to install a mini-roundabout at the junction of Broadway and Nelson Way.
Road safety engineers also plan to lay down speed humps close to the junctions with St Ives Cresent and Swiftsure Crescent.
The £30,000 scheme could start in March next year.
At the first of two public meetings to consult on the plans, residents heard Marcus Asquith, North East Lincolnshire Council's head of highways and the authority's road safety engineer, Miguel D'Souza, outline the details.
Mr Asquith said the plan aimed to reduce speed and the number of accidents, as well as educating motorists to drive safely.
He added the scheme would be monitored once installed to assess its performance in calming traffic.
Mr D'Souza said: "Broadway has two schools yet people still drive at high speed.
"This scheme will bring about better compliance with the speed limits."
Resident Phil Wood said: "They come past the school at high speed. It is lethal.
"I would rather play tig on the M1. These speed humps are a waste of time.
"All you are doing is putting a couple of cushions on the road. They won't stop anything."
Resident Derek Deakins said: "It is a good start."
Paula Wood, of Broadway agreed, and added: "This could be a good starting point."
There were 200 questionnaires sent to residents asking for their response to the scheme. Around 25 per cent responded and up to 70 per cent of those were in favour of a mini roundabout and speed humps.
The next consultation will take place later today from 1pm to 4pm at Broadway Children's Centre.