09:50 Thursday 23 January 2014

Shocking speed figures show need for change

Written byROB SMYTH

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A CAMPAIGNER has revealed his astonishment at the high number of people flouting speed restriction in an East Staffordshire village.

Rangemore resident Jim Allan revealed that he and other speed campaigners ‘could not believe’ the amount of people who sped past All Saints Primary School, in Rangemore, while youngsters exited just yards away from the road.

A recent Speedwatch survey, undertaken between 3.15pm and 4pm as children left the Tatenhill Lane School, clocked 42 cars driving over 20mph, 27 driving at over 30mph and one speeding along the road at 47mph.

The group, which first launched its bid last year, are trying to get a speed limit reduction in place ahead of the start of a new 2,500 home development in Branston, which they fear will cause traffic chaos in the village.

He said: “We have now been asking the county council to change the speed limit through the village down to 30mph, if not 20mph.

“To this end, county councillors Jaqui Jones and Tim Corbett along with Richard Rayson (community infrastructure liaison manager) met up with campaigners before Christmas in Rangemore and agreed to perform a speed and volume traffic survey (which has been completed and we are waiting for the results).

“They also put in position two electronic speed indicator signs, which work during the school drop off and pick up periods along with the ‘20 is plenty signs’.

“Campaigners did the speed watch when the signs were operating during the afternoon pick-up time at the school.

“We were astonished at the number of drivers who ignored the 20mph signs, we’re not sure that the 20mph limit is enforceable, but these latest results show that very few drivers take any notice of the limit through the village past the school, whatever the proscribed speed is.

“Speed enforcement is required on a regular basis, as it is on the A515 through the villages, which already have 30mph limits.

“Rangemore has become a ‘cut-through and a rat-run’ for drivers with no regard for safety or the residents.”

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