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Talks over Felixstowe rat run

PUBLISHED: 21:00 17 May 2002 | UPDATED: 11:57 03 March 2010

FAMILIES' growing concerns over speeding motorists using a street as a rat run to avoid traffic calming are to be discussed at a special meeting

Highways chiefs do not believe King Street, Walton, Felixstowe, is any different from dozens of other roads in Suffolk and does not need action – but residents are adamant that something must be done before there is a serious accident.

FAMILIES' growing concerns over speeding motorists using a street as a rat-run to avoid traffic calming are to be discussed at a special meeting.

Highways chiefs do not believe King Street, in Walton, Felixstowe, is any different from dozens of other roads in Suffolk and does not need action – but residents are adamant that something must be done before there is a serious accident.

Residents say statistics prove their case for safety action and want the matter addressed.

Police recently used secret cameras to check speeds in the narrow road and in 24 hours caught nearly 200 drivers speeding.

Councillor Andy Smith has agreed to bring the subject up and outline the householders' concerns at a meeting on June 11 to consider the Local Transport Action Plan for Felixstowe.

At the meeting, members of the resort's highways advisory committee and town centre management committee will give their views on the recommendations of consultants, Oscar Faber.

Mr Smith will tell the meeting King Street families would like a scheme as a priority but cannot promise action and says that the situation has already been examined thoroughly several times.

Walton councillor Dennis Carpenter said: "I have visited that road many times and see the traffic going far too fast down there.

"The police surveillance found that the average speed was 24 mph – but I think 24mph is too fast."

Residents have called for a 20mph speed limit and road humps to force vehicles to slow.


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