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Bretby Lane speed limit won't change after horror smash

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 22, 2014

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THE speed limit on a road near Burton where there was a serious accident earlier this year will not be reduced, it has been revealed following the conclusion of an investigation.

Councillors had discussed the possibility of enforcing a 30mph limit in Bretby Lane, Bretby, after two men had to be airlifted to hospital in April following a horror smash at the junction with Mount Lane.

In 2012, a 57-year-old woman died in hospital two weeks after she was involved in a serious crash in Knight's Lane, which leads onto Bretby Lane.

But Derbyshire County Council has decided against making any changes after ruling there was not a history of crashes in the area, meaning motorists will still be legally permitted to travel at 60mph.

Chiefs said that due to dwindling budgets, it could only focus on the most dangerous roads.

A review of the stretch found that visibility was good and that there were adequate warning signs on the approach to Bretby Lane.

A spokesman said: "At a time of reducing budgets, we need to ensure that funds for road safety improvements are allocated to areas with a history of injury collisions.

"Aside from the recent collision referred to, there has been a good road safety record here in previous years, and therefore little evidence to suggest further measures are warranted.

"This route is entirely rural in nature, with very few fronting properties, and therefore a 30mph speed limit isn't appropriate and would not be respected."

A 33-year-old driver of a Ford Focus and his passenger were airlifted to separate hospitals after the crash in April this year.

The car came to a rest against a hedge, almost on its side.

Fire crews removed the vehicle's roof in order to rescue the men whose injuries were not life-threatening.

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