Speed limit cut at Spalding ‘hit-and-run’ spot

Speed cut campaigner Selena Holland.
Speed cut campaigner Selena Holland.
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A Pode Hole resident has claimed victory in her battle to get the speed limit reduced on a stretch of road where a young man was killed in a hit-and-run accident.

Selena Holland (20) set up a petition calling for the 50mph speed limit on the A151 Bourne Road at Pode Hole to be cut after 27-year-old Tim Osborn was killed on September 14.

This week she received a copy of a letter saying Lincolnshire County Council is proposing to drop the limit from 50mph to 40mph.

The letter was sent to South Holland and the Deepings MP John Hayes after he contacted the council on Selena’s behalf, lending his support to her campaign.

A public consultation on the move is expected to begin later this year, with a view to introducing the new limit in 2013.

Selena lives just yards from where Tim was killed when his bike was hit by a silver Transit-style van as he cycled home from work just after 9pm. She has welcomed the move, but says it does not go far enough to ensure no more lives are lost.

She has now vowed to keep up the fight to get better lighting on the stretch where Tim died, to help improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists.

She said: “We got hundreds of signatures on our petitions calling for better safety measures on Bourne Road and I welcome this move by the county council to drop the speed limit, but I still want better lighting.

“There was another car accident just a few yards from where Tim was killed the other day and I know of several dog walkers who have had near misses because it is so badly-lit.

“It’s a step in the right direction to make sure no one else is killed, but I will keep trying to get more improvements.”

Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership has welcomed the proposal to cut the speed limit, saying it is hoped it will make people feel safer as well as cut accidents.

John Siddle said the LRSP will continue with plans for a speed survey on the stretch of road ahead of the planned reduction and will repeat it afterwards to draw a comparison on what effect it has had.
But Mr Siddle said Lincolnshire County Council’s decision was not a result of Selena’s petition, but followed a nationwide review of speed limits.