Joy and speed limit decision due

RESIDENTS living along Suffolk's most dangerous road were today celebrating as a new 50mph speed limit was being introduced.Suffolk County Council's traffic management sub-committee was expected to approve the move – allowing work to introduce the limit by the end of the year to get under way.

RESIDENTS living along Suffolk's most dangerous road were today celebrating as a new 50mph speed limit was being introduced.

Suffolk County Council's traffic management sub-committee was expected to approve the move – allowing work to introduce the limit by the end of the year to get under way.

That will see a new limit introduced throughout the road in Suffolk – from the Beacon Hill interchange with the A14 to the southern end of the Scole by-pass.

And it could herald more speed cameras and other moves to ensure drivers keep within the new limit.

The speed reduction along the A140 was today welcomed by the landlady of the White Horse Inn at Stoke Ash – the scene of many serious accidents over the years.

"It is certainly needed – but the best thing we could have here is a new roundabout," said Anne Cronin.

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"You do see drivers going very fast and taking risks along here – it tends to be people who don't know the road and its dangers," she said.

"There are some cameras along the road – and there is talk about changing the junction to make it staggered, that would also make things a lot better," Mrs Cronin added.

The speeding traffic is so bad that earlier this year Stoke Ash lollipop lady Sheila Banham hung up her sign after 18 months' shepherding young children across the A140 to the village school.

County council portfolio holder Peter Monk was not expecting much opposition to the proposed speed limit.

And he said when it was introduced, police take steps to ensure the new limit was obeyed.

"We have three fixed camera points on the A140 at Coddenham, Stonham and Brome.

"There are mobile camera points which are publicised – and no doubt these will spend a lot of time on the A140.

"And we will also consider introducing some flashing warning signs to tell drivers to slow down once the new limit comes into force," Mr Monk added.

The new limit is expected to come into force before the end of the year – signs have already been ordered and a programme of works to install them along the A140 has already been drawn up.

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