New notices to make Holbeach roads safer

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Holbeach Parish Council is set to introduce new moveable road saftey notices to help tackle speeding in the area as part of Lincolnsire Road Safety Partnership’s new Community Speed Watch initiative.

Passive notices will display an advisory speed limit, while reactive ‘dot matrix’ notices will show drivers what speed they are travelling at, allowing them to make adjustment accordingly.

The latter will be powered by rechargeable batteries, be attached via plates to lamp posts and will be moved to a different location regularly.

Gary Chance, casualty reduction officer at Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership, said: “In road safety terms they act as a reminder of the speed limit, encouraging drivers to slow down.

“Furthermore, as they are moved regularly, drivers don’t become used to where they are.”

In support of the scheme, the Police and Crime Commissioner has agreed to contribute with the purchase of six passive signs for each of the first 200 applications received.

The parish council will begin with just one reactive notice and several passive ones.

Coun Paul Brighton of Holbeach Parish Council said: “We’re hoping it makes a difference. There have been tests done that show that these measures will cause a reduction in the average speed of drivers.

“We get a lot of people breaking the limit during rush hour, so hopefully this will help.”

Jan Johnson of Holbeach St Johns has been campaigning for a 30mph limit in her area after an accident earlier this year saw a 50-year-old man from Whaplode Drove airlifted to hospital in Nottingham.

Miss Johnson said: “There has been no change around here so anything that can make a difference is welcome.”