Mother’s speed limit campaign suffers setback

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A mum-of-two’s bid to cut the speed limit on a Donington road has suffered a blow after county highways bosses said no action was needed.

About 200 people signed an online petition launched by Michelle Maddison of Bicker Road to lower the speed limit on the A52 Donington to Bicker road from 60mph to 40mph.

Michelle launched the petition just days after she was involved in a three-vehicle collision outside her home in January.

In a Donington Village Newsletter article, she wrote: “The A52 is a very fast, busy road with constant heavy traffic, including HGVs and other vehicles, turning off into businesses and homes, all within a current speed limit of 60mph.

“I feel strongly that we must campaign together to reduce the speed limit down to 40mph to prevent future traffic or pedestrian accidents.”

But a review by Lincolnshire County Council, details of which were circulated by Michelle to campaign supporters, concluded that the 60mph speed limit was appropriate.

The review said: “The road in question has good visibility and is one of our wider A class roads.

“There are no recorded accidents and the roadside development is such that we are satisfied within our assessment that the speed limit in place is appropriate and we are unable to reduce it.”

Donington district councillor Jane King said: “I was all in favour of the campaign because the A52 is a horrendous road and the traffic on it has increased in the last few years.

“There aren’t adequate footpaths on some parts of the road and when lorries go past, it really does feel like you’re being sucked into them.”

But there may be hope for Michelle after South Holland and The Deepings MP John Hayes said he would be happy to meet her and then take her concerns to the council.