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Poll: Fresh plea for 20mph limit on Whitton estate, Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 16:32 21 July 2014 | UPDATED: 16:32 21 July 2014

Junction of Meredith Road and Norwich Road, on the Whitton estate, Ipswich

Junction of Meredith Road and Norwich Road, on the Whitton estate, Ipswich

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Campaigners hoping to see a blanket 20mph speed limit introduced across the Whitton estate in Ipswich are vowing to keep up the pressure despite slow progress so far.

Whitton ward borough councillor Stephen Connelly raised the issue at the full meeting of Suffolk County Council – asking why it was taking so long to introduce speed limits over large areas of south-west Ipswich.

He said residents had been campaigning after a number of accidents involving children, including two fatalities five years ago.

He said there had been 30 incidents during that time, the most recent a few weeks ago when two children were hurt in Meredith Road.

Mr Connelly asked: “How many more children in Whitton need to be injured before Suffolk County Council approves and installs this Ipswich 20mph area and when can we expect this badly-needed scheme to be installed?” There were some limited 20mph zones, he added, but residents wanted to see these extended over much of the town’s Whitton and Castle Hill areas.

County councillor with responsibility for transport, Graham Newman, said officials were still looking at the proposals – however the scale of the proposed 20mph zone made it problematic.

In his reply to Mr Connelly, he said: “It is worth noting that this is a very large application covering some 83 roads and comprising of approximately 17 miles.

“A further update on the feasibility of the scheme will be given to county councillors shortly.”

7 comments

  • It would never work.However the infrastructure could be put in place to slow things down.Making Whitton Church Lane one way to stop the rat run from Old Norwich Road through to Defoe Road making 90 degree bends instead of leaving them quite capable of being taken at 20 to 30 mph.Also better street lighting.As for Meredith Road why not pedestrianise it?But avoid speed humps.they do not work cause damage to vehicles and delay the Emergency Services.As is usual though it would either take a child to get killed before anybody took a serious look and then they couldn't afford it.

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    JC

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

  • It's not just drivers fault maybe people need better education on road safety. These things shouldn't happen but I'm forever slamming my brakes on even at 20mph because someone has decided that they wanted to cross the road with no regard for other users.

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    Darren Harvey

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • Their is a 20 MPH speed limit on Ravens wood estate but idiot driver's take no notice of it ,,

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    MIGUEL100

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • I doubt the recent accident on Meredith Rd was caused by speeding as you'd be hard pressed to accelerate above 20mph before reaching the end of the road, even if it was clear of traffic, (which it usually isn't). As for making residential streets all 20mph it's a good idea in principle and will reduce death and injury, but as with all these road safety laws, they are only going to work if there's enough police to enforce it. Too many drivers already flout the law so I can't see that this idea will prove successful based on our present low level of policing.

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    Driven Roundabend

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • I had to go up the road in question about 2 hours ago. Ifter I got stuck at the lights, I got stuck in traffic coming out of aldi, then I got stuck behind a doubel decker behind a bus which stopped at a bus stop right in front of a mini roundabout. It probably took me 5 minutes to travel 200 yards. Its a busy road, with shops and parking and exits and bus stops. Its not speed that is the problem, it is people running into the street kamikaze style and kids not adhering to the green cross code. If they want to solve the problem find a way round the parking problems.

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    Sentinel Red

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • South-West Ipswich? Its NORTH West! Graham Newman is an idiot... 83 roads isn't problematic... no one expects it to be done overnight.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Monday, July 21, 2014

  • iv never seen a car do more than 5mph on Meredith road... if it does happen then its at a time kids should be asleep! but it is Whitton i guess, even the parents are still in school.

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    John Smith

    Monday, July 21, 2014

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