Traffic calming won't stop rat-run speeders on 'dangerous' Grimsby road, says former driving instructor
A FORMER driving instructor says traffic calming measures will not put the brakes on reckless motorists careering along a "dangerous" Grimsby road.
Malcolm Tillett, 72, believes speed humps and a mini roundabout will not stop motorists using Broadway as a "rat-run" – but agrees something needs to be done to reduce the number of accidents.
He was speaking at a drop-in consultation session held at Broadway Children's Centre yesterday to discuss plans for the traffic calming, following a more formal public meeting on Tuesday evening.
Mr Tillett, who lives in nearby Collingwood Crescent and used to run Broadway Driving School, said: "In my opinion, the majority of motorists on the road today do not know how to drive.
"Most of them haven't got a clue what is in the Highway Code and it shows. They speed along Broadway at all times of the day and swerve across onto the wrong side of the road when they're going around corners. It's very dangerous, especially when there are so many families using the road."
As reported, 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 the children's centre.
North East Lincolnshire Council has now proposed a £30,000 scheme – comprising speed humps and a mini roundabout – to calm traffic.
Mr Tillett added: "I think the speed humps are a good idea because they do force people to slow down but a mini roundabout will be no use at all.
"People just drive across the middle of them and there really isn't any need for one at that junction.
"If people just drove correctly and used a bit more thought we wouldn't have this problem in the first place."
A resident who has lived on Broadway for 47 years but did not wish to be named, added: "The level of driving nowadays is just horrendous. People speed past parked cars and have no regard for pedestrians or other motorists.
"I think something needs to be done so I would support the plans but I'm not sure a mini roundabout will be effective."
At the drop-in session, the council's road safety engineer, Miguel D'Souza, reassured residents that the mini roundabout has been designed to encourage motorists to use it correctly.
He said: "The roundabout has been designed so that there are small humps on the approach and exit to encourage motorists to manoeuvre in the correct fashion."