Woman claims, ‘My road is not safe at 40mph’, after Holbeach crash

A call for Spalding Road, Holbeach, to be made a 30mph zone from the A151 roundabout to Northons Lane has been made after a crash near Langwith Drive on January 6.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
A call for Spalding Road, Holbeach, to be made a 30mph zone from the A151 roundabout to Northons Lane has been made after a crash near Langwith Drive on January 6. Photo by Tim Wilson.
  • Call for rethink on town speed limits

A worried Holbeach woman wants part of the main road into the town to become a 30mph zone after a two-vehicle crash this month.

The woman, who asked not to be named, claimed the 40mph speed limit along Spalding Road, between its junctions with the A151 roundabout and Northons Lane, was “far too fast”.

The speed limit is 40 mph which is far too fast and the speed limit needs to be reduced to 30mph

Up to four people were hurt when two vehicles collided in the road, near Langwith Drive, on January 6 and the woman claimed it was the fourth accident there in the last three years.

The woman said: “I live near the site of the accident and have approached the police and highways to get the speed limit reduced as people regularly speed along here.

“The speed limit is 40 mph which is far too fast and the speed limit needs to be reduced to 30mph.

“It is a town road with heavy traffic and a school only just inside the 30mph limit.

“Every day, parents are loading their children in the 40 mph section and trying to cross the road as well which has several side turnings, including Langwith Gardens.

“I have lived in the area for three years and this was the fourth accident at that spot I’d seen.

“It is also hazardous pulling out onto the road as the traffic is on top of you very quickly and I have been overtaken many times along there as well.”

Holbeach Parish Council carried out a two-week speed awareness survey on Spalding Road last autumn and found that, within the survey period, more 2,100 vehicles had clocked speeds between 45mph and 85mph which a parish councillor branded “totally unreasonable and quite horrifying”.

Meanwhile, enforcing the speed limit on Spalding Road, Holbeach, is a job for the police, according to John Siddle of Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership.

Commenting on the crash, Mr Siddle said: “Road closures for an extended period are for a good reason, for example, if a person died as a result of the collision, it is a crime scene where officers must gather the evidence before it is lost.

“We have looked at Spalding Road, Holbeach, a number of times and continue to gather data about speed and routes of vehicles to minimise the effects on residents and other road users.

“However, any speeding offence issue has already been passed to local officers who can carry out enforcement if they see fit.”

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