OBSERVER: Stop talking about speed limits and improve roads

Opinion
Opinion

I read with interest the news item regarding a proposed increase in the speed limit for HGVs.

While fully understanding the reasons behind this I was a little surprised to find the suggestion is being publicised by the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership. This is the organisation which seems quite content to put speed limit signs up everywhere in this part of the world – so why the support for an increased speed limit? Apparently it is because the government feel it will boost the economy by about £11 million and ‘reduce the injudicious overtakes that frustrated drivers make when behind a vehicle that is travelling at 40mph in a national speed limit’. Not in this area! Anyone travelling the road between Boston and Skegness, in particular, will have noted the plethora of signs regarding speed limits: 30mph, up to 40mph, then within a matter of yards back to 30mph before going up again a few yards later, then perhaps up to 50mph before suddenly coming across 30mph again.

On this road it is darn near impossible to get up to the speed limit anyway because you find yourself behind a tractor or someone quite happily motoring along at 30mph, admiring the scenery. Then, of course, if there does happen to be an accident the partnership seem to think it wise to stick yet another speed limit in that particular area. It’s all very well to extend a speed limit when there is a wide road where it is possible to overtake a vehicle in front but on the Skeggy road this is also almost impossible at any time.

If their energy was spent on actually getting us a decent road – or any decent roads come to that – in this area of Lincolnshire I would respect more what they say. But coming out in favour of a proposal which will benefit only dual carriageways or wide roads creates a feeling of ‘jumping on the bandwagon’. Perhaps if they were to support a proposal that those motoring along quite happily at 30mph, or less, in a 40mph zone should be prosecuted we would find fewer frustrated drivers.