New speed survey for Holbeach road feared by families

Campaigners and their children are behind a petition for part of Spalding Road, Holbeach, to have its speed limit cut from 40mph to 30mph.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Campaigners and their children are behind a petition for part of Spalding Road, Holbeach, to have its speed limit cut from 40mph to 30mph. Photo by Tim Wilson.
  • Government statistics show no serious collisions since 2002

Road safety campaigners are to conduct a speed survey in an area of Holbeach which has seen a total of 50 crashes over a 14-year period.

Department for Transport (DfT) figures obtained by the Lincolnshire Free Press through a Freedom of Information request showed that between 2000 and 2014, three accidents resulting in serious injury took place on Spalding Road, Holbeach, all of them between 2000 and 2002.

The other 47 crashes between 2000-2014 resulted in slight injuries, although the figures are for the whole of Spalding Road from its junction with Wallisgate to the junction at West End.

Campaigners launched a petition in March for the speed limit on Spalding Road, between the A151 roundabout and Northons Lane, to be cut from 40mph to 30mph after it was revealed that the last speed survey to be done there was in 1982.

Stuart Pack of Spalding Road, Holbeach, whose daughter Amelia (10) wrote to Lincolnshire County Council about the “awfully high” speeds recently on the road, said: “The petition entails knocking on every door to see if people agree with reducing the speed restriction from 40mph to 30mph.

“We are also asking people if they would like to see the entrance to William Stukeley Primary School made more visible to motorists by reducing the speed to an advisory limit of 20mph as is the case outside Holbeach Primary Academy on Boston Road South.”

the casualty data for that area which is significantly low and, as the DfT figures clearly show, there is no casualty data to support either a drop in speed limit or the placement of fixed/mobile cameras

John Siddle of Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership

John Siddle of Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership said: “We are carrying out a speed survey (in Spalding Road, Holbeach) which will give us an indication of traffic flow, volume, type of traffic and speed.

“But it does not alter the casualty data for that area which is significantly low and, as the DfT figures clearly show, there is no evidence to support either a drop in speed limit or the placement of fixed/mobile cameras.

“One can only suggest that the road in question has, as much as any road carrying vehicles and people, an inherent risk which is actually low in terms of casualties.”

Meanwhile, Holbeach county councillor Nick Worth said: “This is part of the criteria that officers will make their judgement on when it comes to the speed limit on Spalding Road.”

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