Drivers at top speed near Long Sutton schools

Gedney Road is one of the speeding hot spots in Long Sutton. SG280614-125TW
Gedney Road is one of the speeding hot spots in Long Sutton. SG280614-125TW
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Shocked councillors are reeling after discovering scores of drivers are belting along at dangerous speeds at school-run times on busy routes to schools.

Lime Walk, on the route to Lutton Primary, and Little London, close to Peele Community College, have seen vehicles driven up to 70mph in 30mph limits.

I was amazed how fast they were actually going. Some of them are doing horrendous speeds. It’s good evidence for us to take to the police and say ‘what are you going to do about it’?

Coun Jack Tyrrell

The evidence has come from speed indication devices installed by the parish council using Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership’s Community Speed Watch Service and will be sent to police.

Parish councillor Richard King said the average speed of 7,600 vehicles using Lime Walk during a ten-day spell in January was 37.9mph. One driver was recorded at 70mph, 14 at 60mph, 38 at 55mph and 125 at 50mph.

It’s a similar picture in Little London with a staggering 819 drivers recorded at 40mph, 185 recorded at 45mph, 49 at 50mph, eight at 55mph and two at 65mph or more.

The devices have also proved that Gedney Road is a speeding hot spot as hundreds of drivers flout the 30mph signs.

Coun King said: “It has been highlighted in the figures that there’s people speeding at the times children are going to school, which is really quite scary.”

He said the data will be passed to police “to see what they can do to support us in slowing traffic down”.

Information is being posted to the web by Long Sutton Parish Council and Long Sutton and District Civic Society in the hope that drivers will read it and decide to apply the brakes for themselves.

Coun Jack Tyrrell highlighted the need to clamp down on dangerous driving in Long Sutton in June 2014, when he spoke about irresponsible and anti-social people pulling doughnuts, drink-driving and speeding.

But Coun Tyrrell admits to being shocked by the data.

“I was amazed how fast they were actually going,” he said. “Some of them are doing horrendous speeds. It’s good evidence for us to take to the police and say ‘what are you going to do about it’?”

Long Sutton and District Civic Society adopted the Slow Down Now road safety campaign 18 months ago after concerns were raised about road safety in the town.

Society chairman Tim Machin is “alarmed by some of the numbers” revealed in the first data download from the speed indication devices and hopes police will now work with the parish council, district council and local people to bring the speeds down.

He said: “Little London is a particular problem because it’s got the Peele Community College on it, the big secondary school in Long Sutton, and it’s got a 20mph school safety zone a little bit further on from where these high speeds were recorded.”

Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership spokesman John Siddle is waiting for the figures to be passed to him, but his first thought on the data that there may need to be some enforcement from the neighbourhood policing teams particularly at school run times.

He said: “When the data is passed to us, we can look at what’s the best time to go and enforce there – and share that with the neighbourhood policing teams.”

Mr Siddle said options could include an engineering solution to slow drivers down or old fashioned enforcement with “bobbies going down there and nicking people”.

• Speed sensors were installed about six months ago but technical problems meant data couldn’t be downloaded until January.

Previously ...

Put the brakes on drivers speeding and pulling ‘doughnuts’ in Long Sutton

Police to tackle speeding epidemic in Long Sutton