Calls for lower speed limit af­ter car crash

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your - By BEN TRUSLOVE ben.truslove@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Et­ben­truslove

A ROAD ac­ci­dent in which a driver lost con­trol of his car, ca­reered off the road and ploughed into a van has prompted calls for a lower speed limit in a vil­lage.

Emma Burt (37) and her part­ner Fraser Brad­bury (42) were re­turn­ing to their home in Main Road, Deep­ing St Ni­cholas, at about 8.15pm on Sun­day when they saw a plume of smoke.

They pan­icked, think­ing the house was on fire, but when they ar­rived they found a car had smashed into their parked van with such force, it had been pushed about 10 me­tres, off the road and into a neigh­bour­ing field.

The van was badly dam­aged in the in­ci­dent, and a win­dow was bro­ken and the cou­ple’s camper­van dam­aged by fly­ing gravel.

The cou­ple have been cam­paign­ing for a re­duc­tion in the 50mph speed limit through the vil­lage hav­ing now wit­nessed three crashes in as many years out­side their home.

Fraser said: “If that crash had hap­pened two min­utes later we would have been parked in the way. I dread to think what would have hap­pened if we had.

“What has to hap­pen be­fore the coun­cil acts? They keep say­ing there aren’t enough ac­ci­dents on the road for them to do some­thing.

“Four dogs have died in the last three years, but ap­par­ently they don’t count. What if a child had run out af­ter the dog? The High­ways Agency just doesn’t seem to care.”

Emma and Fraser would like to see the speed limit re­duced from 50mph to 30mph and traf­fic calm­ing mea­sures in­stalled.

They had hoped the new A16 would cut the amount of traf­fic in the vil­lage but they say it has had no ef­fect.

Emma said: “We were wor­ried when we bought the house, but we knew the A16 was on its way. It doesn’t seem to have made any dif­fer­ence, though.

“The stretch of road is very long and straight and peo­ple drive ridicu­lously fast. Many houses are set close to the road and it’s al­ways a bit of a risk pulling out into the road.”

This is the third ac­ci­dent the cou­ple have wit­nessed since mov­ing into the vil­lage.

In the first, a car ended up in a ditch and the driver suf­fered a bro­ken pelvis.

The sec­ond crash left two peo­ple with mi­nor in­juries.

The cou­ple have been told that just be­fore they moved into the house, a car ca­reered into a neigh­bour­ing prop­erty.

Jonathan Pear­son, area high­ways man­ager for Lin­colnshire County Coun­cil, said: “We had con­ver­sa­tions re­gard­ing the speed limit of all sur­pluses should be used to pay off debts.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Ali Parsa said: “Hinch­ing­brooke was pro­jected to lose many tens of mil­lions in the years ahead, and faced clo­sure. In­stead, it is be­ing trans­formed.” (METP-02-0512DL790) the A1175 with these res­i­dents ear­lier this year.

“In line with our speed limit pol­icy, we in­tend to re­view the limit of the A1175 this au­tumn, a year af­ter the new A16 fully opened, at a time when traf­fic flows will have set­tled down to a nor­mal level.”

A po­lice spokesman said the driver of the Ford Fi­esta which crashed on Sun­day was a 22-year-old man from Crow­land. He was treated for mi­nor in­juries in hospi­tal.

He was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of drink-driv­ing and re­leased on po­lice bail.

call: Emma Burt, who with her part­ner Fraser Brad­bury has been call­ing for a re­duc­tion in the speed limit through Deep­ing St Ni­cholas.

Picture: DAVID LOWN­DES.

crash: The scene af­ter the lat­est crash on the A1175 Main Road, Deep­ing St Ni­cholas on Sun­day.

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