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Victory in campaign to reduce speed limit on accident-plagued road

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 02, 2014

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TRAFFIC heading into a South Derbyshire village on an accident-plagued stretch of road is to be restricted to 30mph following a campaign by councillors and residents.

Ticknall Parish Council has finally been successful in its quest to slow motorists heading towards the village, with a 30mph zone to be extended further along the A514.

Villagers have been trying for a year to have the speed limit brought down on the approach to Ticknall after several crashes on the A road.

Tighter restrictions had been in place since the end of last year but Ticknall Parish Council insisted they had not gone far enough, insisting the accident blackspot was further down the road.

Derbyshire County Council has now confirmed the 30mph zone will be extended by a further 120 metres.

Parish council Nigel Picken said: “There have been several crashes. There is a sharp bend near Repton Road - two or three cars have ended up in the ditch.

“It is a big concern. We have asked for 30mph signs to be moved out of the village. This has been going on with Derbyshire County Council for more than 12 months.

“People are clearly going fast down there so we want the signs moved out so people slow down.

“We don’t want any more accidents. Someone is going to get really hurt if they are not careful.

New signage making drivers aware of the changes will be installed later in the summer, Derbyshire County Council said.

A spokesman said: “The safety of motorists and pedestrians is always our top priority. We’ve listened to the concerns of local residents and following investigation will be extending the length of the 30mph speed restrictions to the south of Ticknall by 120m.

“The new speed limit will include a sharp right hand bend about 75m outside the village which previously had a 60mph limit and had a history of collisions.

“New warning signs will be installed to give early notice to the new speed restrictions and allow motorists plenty of time to slow down.”

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