Road safety campaign targets speed merchants

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RESIDENTS in Guyhirn are demanding immediate action to curb speeding in the village, which they say is seriously endangering people’s lives.

They claim to be the only place in Cambridgeshire that has a 40mph limit on a road running past a school and are calling on Cambs County Council to reduce the limit to 30mph and 20mph outside the school.

They are also petitioning the county council to introduce a new 30mph speed limit on Gull Road, which they describe as a “speedway circuit” where drivers regularly top 60mph.

Their concerns were highlighted at the launch of a major road safety campaign in the village last Wednesday.

The campaign will be rolled out in other parts of the district over the next year, with the aim being to target two villages every three months. It will move on to Leverington in June.

It is a joint initiative involving Fenland District Council’s Safer Fenland Team, the Safer Fenland Partnership, Cambs police and the County Council.

It has the backing of other road safety campaigners, including Gavin Booth, chairman of the Fenland Rural Road Safety Action Network (FRRSAN).

The campaign seeks to get local communities actively involved in combating a problem that was highlighted at the Wisbech and District Neighbourhood Forum earlier this year and is regularly raised as a concern by residents throughout the district.

A series of “Slow Down” signs have been displayed in Guyhirn as part of a programme of activities that has involved local district and parish councillors and the village’s primary school.

Speedwatch volunteers have carried out roadside checks and flyers have been widely distributed, giving a range of safety advice, including tips on driving, parking and walking. Children at the primary school have also joined in a project producing their own road safety posters

Councillor David Oliver, FDC’s portfolio holder responsible for community safety, said: “This is the first stage in an ongoing campaign. We are seeking to involve local communities as much as possible, whether that be through the establishment of Speedwatch groups, activities within schools or special projects run by parish councils.”

Justine Sands, headteacher at Guyhirn Primary School, strongly supports the campaign.

“It is paramount that the speed of the traffic is reduced in the village to ensure that the children have a safer route to school and that road safety for the whole community in Guyhirn is a high priority,” she said.