Call for speed limit drop on major roads

HIGHWAY chiefs are to be called upon to reduce speed limits on the region's two busiest roads.Kathy Pollard, a Suffolk county councillor, will on Monday be calling for highways chiefs to investigate reductions in the speed limit on the A14 and A12 around Ipswich in an effort to accidents.

HIGHWAY chiefs are to be called upon to reduce speed limits on the region's two busiest roads.

Kathy Pollard, a Suffolk county councillor, will on Monday be calling for highways chiefs to investigate reductions in the speed limit on the A14 and A12 around Ipswich in an effort to accidents.

Cllr Pollard said: “Accidents on the A14 and the A12 are almost daily occurrences and as well as the misery caused to the families involved of deaths and injuries.

“They frequently result in major snarl-ups.

“On Monday, in a meeting with the managers of the A14 and A12 trunk roads I will be calling for an investigation of lower speed limits around junctions on the A14 and A12 as something must be done to stem the terrible tide of injuries on these roads.”

In the last two years alone there have been 11 deaths on the A14 and three on the A12 south of Ipswich. There have also been a further 130 accidents on the A12 and 264 on the A14.

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A large number of accidents have occurred at or near Copdock Mill interchange and the major road intersections on the A14 around Ipswich and on the A12 from the Essex border north to Copdock.

Cllr Pollard wants speed limits reduced to 50mph from the current 70mph.

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