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Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership survey finds that 27 per cent of drivers break the 30mph speed limit of Spalding's Winsover Road




More than a quarter of drivers are ignoring the 30mph speed limit on one of the main routes into Spalding, a new survey has found.

Calls for a speed camera to be put in place on Winsover Road, Spalding, have come from the public since a car demolished a garden wall and hit a house in January.

Now the findings of a traffic survey carried out by Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership (LRSP) have been revealed which showed that 27 per cent of drivers along Winsover Road were doing in excess of 30mph.

A speed camera is wanted on Spalding's Winsover Road after a study found that drivers ignored the 30mph limit.
A speed camera is wanted on Spalding's Winsover Road after a study found that drivers ignored the 30mph limit.

The LRSP survey was done over a seven-day period last September and found that out of just over 7,300 vehicles checked, nearly 2,000 were found to be speeding.

In addition, 160 vehicles reached speeds greater than 40mph and 510 drivers would have been recommended for a speed awareness course if police enforcement measures were in place.

The findings were discussed by members of Spalding Town Forum, district councillors whose wards are in the town, at a meeting on Wednesday.

A survey of traffic along Winsover Road, Spalding, done over a seven-day period in September 2018 found that out of 7,333 vehicles checked, nearly 2,000 were speeding.
A survey of traffic along Winsover Road, Spalding, done over a seven-day period in September 2018 found that out of 7,333 vehicles checked, nearly 2,000 were speeding.

In a statement to forum members, LRSP manager Ian Swallow said: "The local inspector is requesting enforcement that is above and additional to that done by the local policing team.

"I have tasked the Lincolnshire Safer Roads Team to attend the area and enforce the speed limit, as well as Fatal4 offences.

"The results of this will be fed back to the neighbourhood policing team."

Ian Swallow, of Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership, the man in charge of speed cameras in Lincolnshire. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG050318-120TW. (7642189)
Ian Swallow, of Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership, the man in charge of speed cameras in Lincolnshire. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG050318-120TW. (7642189)

Under the "Fatal4" plan, police will be looking out for drink drivers, those who drive without wearing a seatbelt or whilst using a mobile phone, as well as speeding.

Meanwhile, residents of Winsover Road and Pennygate can share their concerns about speeding and inconsiderate parking at a public meeting later this month.

It will take place at St Norbert's Catholic Primary School, Tollgate, Spalding, on Thursday, March 28, at 5.30pm.

Coun Jack McLean, town forum chairman, said: "I am continuing to investigate the possibility of the forum managing Community Speed Watch in Spalding.

"This is in light of the fact that there is no alternative authority to do this."

Coun Jack McLean, chairman of Spalding Town Forum
Coun Jack McLean, chairman of Spalding Town Forum

LRSP spokesman John Siddle said: "We would always seek engineering measures or solutions to deter those people who are speeding and would only use a speed camera as a last resort.

"Whilst there have been a number of injury collisions at this site, they are spread over a wide area have mostly resulted in 'slight' injuries and have not been speed-related.

"Therefore, we cannot link those injury collisions to the speed issue.

John Siddle of Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership. Photo supplied.
John Siddle of Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership. Photo supplied.

"However, the information provided to Spalding Town Forum members clearly shows speed as an issue and, likewise, has indicated that enforcement by local officers from the Safer Roads Policing team may be effective.

"In addition, Community Speed Watch was set up to tackle these issues too and more information is available for those who want to be involved from LRSP."



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