Holbeach road racers are ‘unreasonable’

SPEED TRAP: More than 2,000 vehicles were found to be breaking the 40mph speed limit along a stretch of Spalding Road, Holbeach, within a two-week period during September.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
SPEED TRAP: More than 2,000 vehicles were found to be breaking the 40mph speed limit along a stretch of Spalding Road, Holbeach, within a two-week period during September. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Speeding drivers in Holbeach, including one who clocked 85mph in a 40mph zone, have been branded “totally unreasonable” by a parish councillor.

The findings of a two-week Speed Awareness Camera operation along Spalding Road, near Netherfields, left St Johns Ward councillor Paul Brighton “quite horrified”.

A probe of speeding in Holbeach took place after residents’ concerns were discussed by parish councillors at a meeting in July.

Coun Brighton said: “People have expressed concerns about speeding along the 40mph section of Spalding Road (between its junction with the A151 and William Stukeley Primary School).

“So we put a Speed Awareness Camera up on Spalding Road after one was made available by Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership (LRSP), with help from former district councillor Martin Howard and county councillor Nick Worth.

“I was completely surprised by results and quite horrified by some of the speeds of the vehicles, including one which recorded a speed of 85mph at 11.15pm on a Saturday.

“Most of the speeding went on from 11pm till 6am and at weekends, with between four to six per cent of vehicles doing it.”

The findings, which showed that 2,152 vehicles recorded speeds between 45mph and 85mph during the survey period, have now been passed on to the police.

Coun Brighton said: “We’ve had three requests to move the Speed Awareness Camera to other roads in Holbeach, so there’s quite a lot of parishioner support for the operation.

“You expect people to do 50mph in a 40mph zone but 85mph is totally unreasonable and we’re still getting information about vehicles driving along the 30mph section of Spalding Road, but we have to talk to the police first.

“We’re not going to stop the speeders overnight but more speeding signs and a few speed checks at weekends would help.”

Speaking to the Guardian in February, Steve Screaton of LRSP, said: “The faster you go, the greater the risk of harm if you hit a person, tree, lamppost or another vehicle.”