30,000 cars snapped speed­ing in a week

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By ADAM UREN adam.uren@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @ETADAMU

LIVES are be­ing put at risk by speed­ing driv­ers af­ter more than 30,000 ve­hi­cles were spot­ted break­ing a re­cent­ly­in­tro­duced speed limit in the space of a week.

A spe­cial sur­vey car­ried out by po­lice on a sin­gle stretch of road to check the ef­fec­tive­ness of speed lim­its pro­duced the shock­ing re­sult.

More than half of the ve­hi­cles us­ing 30mph limit Peter­bor­ough Road in Farcet, head­ing to and from Stan­ground in Peter­bor­ough, were found to be driv­ing at speeds greater than 35mph dur­ing a seven-day sur­vey in Fe­bru­ary.

Of the 62,213 ve­hi­cles sur­veyed in the week be­tween Fe­bru­ary 22 and 29, a mas­sive 32,784 of them were found to be trav­el­ling faster than 35mph, with one dan­ger­ous driver found to be trav­el­ling at speeds in ex­cess of 70mph.

It fol­lows the re­duc­tion of the 40mph speed limit to 30mph be­tween Farcet and near to the Stan­ground over­pass at the end of last year, bring­ing the sec­tion of road in line with the 30mph limit at the Stan­ground end.

It was hoped re­duc­ing the speed limit would stop driv­ers from Pe- ter­bor­ough speed­ing up in an­tic­i­pa­tion of the for­mer 40mph limit, but it does not ap­pear to have had the de­sired ef­fect with a huge num­ber of driv­ers still speed­ing.

Stan­ground Cen­tral coun­cil­lor Brian Rush has called for speed-ac­ti­vated warn­ing signs to be in­tro­duced on the road, ex­press­ing fears not only for the safety of other driv­ers, but also the large num­ber of young pedes­tri­ans trav­el­ling to and from Stan­ground Academy.

He said: “We have been cam­paign­ing on this for a long time now and we do need to get a speed-ac­ti­vated sign down there to en­cour­age peo­ple to slow down.

“There has been a lot of con­cern that has been expressed by peo­ple liv­ing along the road, and we also have a lot of pupils walk­ing to school from as far away as Yax­ley along the road.”

Cllr Rush’s fel­low Stan­ground Cen­tral coun­cil­lor Irene Walsh has joined him in ex­press­ing con­cern about driv­ers on the road.

She said: “We have been press­ing for ac­tion for a very long time and we would like to see some form of speed­ing re­stric­tions down there.

“We have been con­tacted by a lot of res­i­dents about this but also through our own ob­ser­va­tions we can see cars speed on that road.

“It not only puts peo­ple in dan­ger, but also is un­pleas­ant for those liv­ing along the road.”

dan­ger: Peter­bor­ough Road, near Farcet.

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