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Call for action to cut speed in Norwood Road March as residents plan public meeting

Residents are calling for urgent action to cut speeding in their streets after an incident on Sunday saw a car plough through five gardens.

The crash scene from Sunday's incident. (7563168)
The crash scene from Sunday's incident. (7563168)

This is the latest call by people living in Norwood Road and Hundred Road, March, for traffic calming measures and is being backed by Fenland councillor Jan French.

There has been an ongoing campaign to introduce measures that will cut speeding and also reduce the number of lorries using the two roads.

Sunday’s accident happened at around 8.50am when a driver lost control of his car and left the road, ploughing through garden fences and a wall before ending up just inches from the front of a house.

A police spokesman said they were called to reports of a car off the road. They arrived to find the driver uninjured but his female passenger had minor injuries.

The driver was arrested on suspicion of careless driving and was later released under investigation.

Nikki Brown, who lives on the corner of Norwood Road and Hundred Road, is among those calling for action over speeding in the area.

She said: “It was lucky the accident happened on a Sunday morning and not in the week as there would have been mums and children on their way to school and it could have proved fatal.

“It took years to get action at Gaul Road as well as fatalities – we don’t want to have to wait for that to happen here. We want something done now to prevent a fatality.

“There are cars constantly speeding along here, you hear them wheel spinning out of the junction all the time. Drivers seem to think the speed limit does not apply to them.

“There has been talk of reducing the limit to 20mph, but if they are ignoring the 30mph limit they are not going to stick to 20mph.

“We need traffic calming measures, speed bumps or chicanes to help slow cars down. I have started a residents’ group on Facebook and I’m trying to organise a meeting so everyone can come along and have their say.

“I’ve asked people to comment on the thread I have posted on the March Free Discussion page and I will add them to the residents’ group.

“Jan French has also promised to get involved and we need as many residents on board as possible so we can be heard.”

Another resident agreed traffic calming is the only solution. The woman, who did not want to be named, lives just a short distance from Sunday’s accident scene.

She said: “It is unbelievable what happened, he managed to flatten a lamp post as well as the fences and a wall.

“We had hoped the traffic lights at Norwood bridge would help slow traffic down, but it hasn’t. You hear cars speeding past all the time – where I live you would expect people to be slowing for the junction but, in fact, they are still speeding up.

“I want to see speed bumps or chicanes put in to help stop the speeding problem.”

Coun French said she had contacted police commissioner Jason Ablewhite and county highways officers.

She said: “The issue was looked at properly about four years ago and highways engineers said they couldn’t come up with a scheme, which I found strange.

“For the last six to nine months I have been asking county to look at ways we can do something. There is a problem with lorries using that road when they should be using Hostmoor Avenue and Melbourne Avenue, so a weight limit might help with that.

“Speeding is a problem but the trouble with speed bumps is they are noisy and cause vibrations.

“I am on the case but it is going to take time. I will definitely be taking the residents’ views on board and will be working with Steve Count, who is the other ward councillor, to find a solution.”

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