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Calls for speed limit drop on accident-plagued road

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 10, 2014

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PARISH council chiefs have called on highways bosses to investigate changing the speed limit on an accident-plagued road.

Members of Castle Gresley Parish Council have urged Derbyshire County Council to consider bringing 30mph speed limit restrictions into place at an early starting place on the A444 bypass.

The national speed limit applies to the bypass section of the road, which then suddenly drops to 30mph on the approach to the High Cross Bank island.

Cuncillors are now calling for that limit to be introduced higher up on the bypass and also for the installation of speed cameras in Burton Road to be investigated as par of a bid to reduce the amount of accidents in the area.

A spokesman for the parish council said: “All members agreed the road was dangerous.

“Following discussion regarding cameras, flashboards and speed checks, the chairman advised she would make further enquiries.”

Barbara Highton, parish councillor, reported speed limits along Burton Road continue to be raised at meetings and again asked if the 30mph speed limit could start from further up the bypass as this would reduce speeds before reaching the roundabout.

Kath Lauro, who represents the Linton division on Derbyshire County Council, said she would look into the matter.

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