March councillors win fight for reduced speed limit

General View of Wimblington Rd March ANL-151201-150431009
General View of Wimblington Rd March ANL-151201-150431009
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Councillors appear to have won their fight to lower a speed limit close to a March school.

March Town Council have fought to have the speed limit on Wimblington Road cut from 40mph to 30mph to help Neale Wade Academy youngsters.

Cambridgeshire County Council has now published a public notice of its intention to impose a new 30mph speed limit on the road.

The busy stretch of road has seen numerous casualties over the years including Dominic Iliffe, 24, and James Kiely, 27, who were killed when they were hit by a van while walking along the road in December 2011.

Residents in the area have been calling to have the speed limit reduced.

Mayor Kit Owen feels this is a good move for the town.

He said: “Wimblington Road is one of the main entrances to the town and it is appropriate to have a decent speed limit.

“It is going to be safer. The number of vehicles which come into the town is tremendous these days.

“We felt that the speed limit in that close proximity to school was not necessarily that safe.”

The police had previously contacted the council to state the move was “unnecessary”.

A new speed limit has also been imposed on Wisbech Road in March.

The county put out a public notice two weeks ago warning that the previous 40mph speed limit would drop to 30mph.