Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 25°C

min temp: 19°C

Search

West Suffolk: Renewed calls for speed limit to move in line with other villages

10:33 27 May 2014

Tony Gearing is pictured outside his home in Stradishall where he is campaigning for a reduced speed limit.

Tony Gearing is pictured outside his home in Stradishall where he is campaigning for a reduced speed limit.

A community leader has renewed his calls for a speed limit in a west Suffolk village in a bid for parity with surrounding communities on the same route.

Tony Gearing has spearheaded the calls from Stradishall, halfway between Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill, to have a lower speed limit introduced on the A143, which runs right through the centre of the village.

It is currently set at the national speed limit, with cars having to slow down as they make their way through other villages along the road linking Suffolk’s second and fourth-biggest towns.

Mr Gearing, founder of the charity Young People of the Year, said: “At the moment you can drive through our village at the national speed limit, 60mph, whereas other villages on the A143 like Wickhambrook have 40mph speed limits and still others, like Chedburugh and Little Wratting, have 30mph restrictions.

“Because there is no limit at all on the Stradishall stretch of the A143, motorists switch off as if they were still on the old dual carriageway, and yet they pass by at least three road junctions, two business entrances and four house drives in a few hundred yards.

“Please impose a speed limit to make drivers think.”

Introducing a speed limit has been a hot topic in Stradishall – where HMP Highpoint is based – for years, with more than 70 people signing an online petition set-up by Mr Gearing backing a reduction.

Residents claim the stretch of road is plagued by dozens of accidents every year.

Graham Newman, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for roads, transport and planning, said: “Our highways engineers analyse the details behind road traffic collisions where clusters of incidents are identified.

“This is to identify whether or not speed is a contributing factor or whether other issues are at play.

“We have also initiated a county-wide review of our current speed limit policy, similar to the recent investigation into 20mph speed limits and zones.

“This new piece of work is in its early stages and will help inform any decisions relating to Stradishall.”

1 comment

  • Trouble is SCC have a scatter gun approach to setting speed limits. If there was a consistent set of limits, as there used to be, there is more chance of them being observed. Too often people do not know the limit applying to particular stretches of road and signage, if it exists, is often overgrown or damaged.

    Report this comment

    amsterdam81

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Fire crews called to eastbound A14

Motorists face queues on the A14 this afternoon after a vehicle fire brought traffic to a halt near Ipswich.

Tim Odgers on a recent trip to York Minster

Tributes have been paid to an “inspirational” former Stowmarket Middle School head teacher who has died of an aggressive blood cancer.

Duncan Goodhew at Swimathon 90 at Mid Suffolk Leisure Stowmarket in January 1990.

Shell suits, Fun-Fax organisers and yo-yos – all stuff you can look back fondly on if you grew up in the 90s.

Ben Gummer arrives in Downing Street.

In the fourth of five three-minute interviews, Ipswich MP Ben Gummer explains what his new job as Minister for the Cabinet entails.

Students at Stoke High School - Ormiston Academy celebrating their GCSE results this morning.

The outstanding GCSE results achieved by Ipswich schools this year are a promising step in the right direction, the town’s MP has said.

GCSE results day at Kesgrave High School. Jonathan Durston celebrates his results.

It is a very special day for Kesgrave star student and head boy Jonathan Durston - who discovered he had achieved 12 A*s and one A in his GCSEs this morning.

The unveiling of Major Henry Wigglesworth in Ipswich.

Today Major Henry Wigglesworth is back where he belongs after a lengthy stay in hospital.

Martlesham Heath and Adastral Park

Martlesham Parish Council has outlined its opposition to the proposed devolution deal for Suffolk and Norfolk.

Comedian was drunk and disorderly

A stand-up comedian has been given a conditional discharge after he swore at a police officer who saw him urinating in the doorway of an Ipswich Labour Club.

Melton railway station

Police have released the digital likeness of a man they are hunting in connection with a rape at Melton railway station, near Woodbridge.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24