Accident blackspot on A18 at Althorpe could get reduced 40mph speed limit
A SECTION of the A18 that has repeatedly been the scene of accidents could be turned into a 40mph zone in a bid to make the road safer.
Keadby and Althorpe Parish Council is looking at reducing the 60mph limit along a section of the A18 at Althorpe – in order to put in place a 40mph speed limit.
Figures obtained from the road safety team at North Lincolnshire Council show that from December 2007 to December 2011 there have been 11 reported injuries from accidents – two of which saw people killed or seriously injured on that section of the road.
Axholme North ward councillor John Briggs and MP for Brigg and Goole Andrew Percy have joined forces for the project, which is due to go out to public consultation with villagers soon.
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Mr Briggs said the idea to tackle speed on the A18 came as a result of feedback from the public during the last election campaign.
Mr Briggs said: "Residents said they were concerned about crossing the road to get to school because the footpath is on the other side of the road.
"It's something the parish council has wanted for some time.
"If the public consultation is successful, we are looking at having the speed limit in place by March/April next year. The engineering will be minimal.
"It's an example of people telling us to consider something and us listening and dealing with it."
Resident Elaine Kulleseid, 58, of Kelsey Lane, said: "I think it's a good idea to have the lower speed limit just to the end of the houses.
"If you want to cross the road, you have to cross in the junction, so if they were to reduce the speed limit it would be amazing.
"It could also do with yellow lines on the slip road to stop people parking, because a lot of people pull in there to park and answer their phone and if someone is pulling in, it's dangerous because they block the turn off."
Fellow Kelsey Lane resident Lauren Smith, 18, said: "I think it's a good idea. It's hard to pull out in the car up there, especially when it's icy, because the cars go fast.
"I think a lower speed limit would definitely help it. It's terrible in winter – people always end up wheel spinning to get out quickly."
MP Andrew Percy said: "The council can reduce the speed limit but it's down to drivers to co-operate and abide by it.
"They need to understand that if the restrictions on the A18 are put in place, they are there for a reason – because there are kids or residents who cross the road. We want people to stick to the speed limits and understand the safety issue here."