Speed limit to be cut on danger road

PUBLISHED: 09:17 29 May 2009 | UPDATED: 21:47 31 May 2010

Ray Bedborough on the

Ray Bedborough on the ""dangerous"" stretch of road Picture: SUBMITTED

A FIVE-YEAR campaign to have the speed limit reduced on a dangerous stretch of road has been successful. A section of the B1383 which runs through the village of Quendon is due to have its speed limit cut from 40mph to 30mph. Chairman of Quendon and Ric

A FIVE-YEAR campaign to have the speed limit reduced on a "dangerous" stretch of road has been successful.

A section of the B1383 which runs through the village of Quendon is due to have its speed limit cut from 40mph to 30mph.

Chairman of Quendon and Rickling Parish Council, Ray Bedborough, said: "It's been a long battle to get this implemented, but we are delighted that it is finally going to happen.

"This stretch of road can be very dangerous as there are houses very close to the pavement and children have to cross the road, morning and night, to access the school."

The new 30mph speed limit which runs from the village hall to Quendon Hall will bring it into line with Newport, only a mile up the road, which already has a 30mph limit.

The changes to the section of road, which is about 800m in length, are due to made sometime next month and will include new signage and road markings.

A vehicle activated sign will also be installed to warn drivers if they are exceeding 30mph and a gated entrance will be introduced at the Bishop's Stortford end to make it clear to motorists that they are entering a 30mph zone.

The parish council's campaign to get the speed limit reduced has involved collecting and sending large amounts of data to Essex County Council Highways. A speed survey discovered that the average speed of cars travelling through the village was almost 45mph with number of the cars exceeding 50mph.

"We meet all the criteria for a 30mph zone and we have had to prove this to the county council and the police," said Mr Bedborough. "The move to reduce the speed limit is supported by 97 per cent of the residents in the village.

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