Residents continue fight for speed limit change

Frampton residents who are campaigning to get the speed limit reduced on London Road.'L-R Colin Dodsworth, Sheila Lymer, Bruce Hughes, Barbara Hughes, Nigel Turner, Matthew Turner 9, Roz Sompson.
Frampton residents who are campaigning to get the speed limit reduced on London Road.'L-R Colin Dodsworth, Sheila Lymer, Bruce Hughes, Barbara Hughes, Nigel Turner, Matthew Turner 9, Roz Sompson.

CONCERNED residents fighting for a reduction in the speed limit on Frampton’s London Road have called for the county highways department to listen to their plea for a safer road.

People living on the derestricted thoroughfare have been fighting for the limit to be reduced to 40mph after suffering years of speeding, dangerous driving, collisions and near-misses – but Lincolonshire County Council is proposing to bring the limit to only 50mph.

The group do not believe that will be enough, and say the only way to eliminate the issue is to drop another 10mph and increase police enforcement in the area.

Resident Ros Simpson told The Standard she and other householders were at the end of their tether with the issues which the road has been experiencing for many years.

She said: “It’s horrendous out here.

“We’re still not happy with 50mph as there is no policing. Every night there are cars racing or dangerously over-taking.”

She added that she and other residents had been in constant communication with the highways department at Lincolnshire County Council about the issue, and had been pressing the police for support with matters.

However, a meeting is due to be set up between the residents, police and Boston Borough councillor Brian Rush, who represents Frampton and Holme, to discuss what could be done to help matters on the busy road.

Coun Rush said: “This particular piece of road needs to be reduced to 40. It isn’t going to be good enough unless they take account of the fact that everybody along that road will be looking for a 40. Even if you know some people don’t pay attention to little red signs with black numbers in, the police can go down and enforce it.”

The cause has gained the support of Frampton Parish Council, Kirton Parish Council and Wyberton Parish Council, as well as Boston MP Mark Simmonds, who promised to support the residents earlier in the year.

In the meantime, residents are gearing up to provide Lincolnshire County Council with strong letters of representation about the speed reduction when the second stage of consultation begins.

A spokesman for the council said the statutory consultation had now been completed and the next step was to advertise the proposals in the press and on site.