Appeal for lower speeds on road

A GROUP of residents are calling on officials to half the speed limit on a village road before someone dies there.The warning comes days after a man needed hospital treatment for his injuries following a two car collision on the 60mph bendy country lane in Tuddenham, near Ipswich.

A GROUP of residents are calling on officials to half the speed limit on a village road before someone dies there.

The warning comes days after a man needed hospital treatment for his injuries following a two car collision on the 60mph bendy country lane in Tuddenham, near Ipswich.

Angela Hagen, who lives on the dangerous stretch of Clopton Road in the village, has started a petition to have the speed limit reduced to 30mph after council highways bosses failed to heed her warning in June that there would be more accidents unless the change came into place.

Mrs Nicholson, a mother of one, said: “There will definitely be a really big accident here one day and at least my conscience will be clear.

“It is too often I hear the screeching of brakes and near misses and it is such a shame - it is going to happen.”

She said by keeping the limit set at 60mph the council were “misleading” motorists who roared along Clopton Road on the approach to two sharp bends, a sign for which is partially covered by trees.

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“Taking a walk along this stretch of road is pretty hair raising,” she said. “Often we have to quite literally jump out of the way - there are no pavements - as motorists legally tear past.”

Mrs Nicholson, a television script writer who moved to the village from London to experience the peace and tranquillity of Suffolk life, said she is now hoping the parish council will also start listening to the villagers' concerns about the road to initiate a change.

A copy of the petition, which is already backed by 20 signatures, is now being placed in the Tuddenham Fountain pub for anyone to add their support.

A Suffolk County Council spokeswoman said in 2001 they introduced a road safety initiative where 30mph limits were imposed in 450 villages across Suffolk.

This included Tuddenham, but Clopton Road falls outside the main village and therefore is not included.

“Anybody who has concerns about a road needs to go to their parish council first and we will take it up from them,” she said. “To date we have not had a formal request from the parish council for us to look at it.”

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