Moulton, Weston and Whaplode speed reduction process begins
The process to reduce speed limits along the A151 in Whaplode, Moulton and Weston is underway - and there is a chance of speed enforcement to come.
Earlier this month, Lincolnshire County Council’s Planning and Regulation committee approved plans to reduce the speed limits on part of the stretch between Weston and Moulton from 60pmh to 50mph and the stretch between Moulton and Whaplode from 50mph to 40mph.
Although the plans do not currently include an option for speed camera, South Holland district councillor Andrew Woolf, of Moulton, Weston and Cowbit ward, says that there is a possibility of some speed enforcement along the stretch.
He said: “Although I don’t want to get people’s hopes up yet, there is every chance that, subject to site approval, the community speed watch could be set up on the road.
“The speed watch is unable to set up on the stretch as it stands due to safety and risk - but once the speed limit of 40pmh is in place we can speak with Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership and look to having the site approved.”
Lincolnshire county councillors voted unanimously to carry the motion in order to allow for the necessary consultation process to bring them into effect to be pursued and a spokesperson for Lincolnshire County Council has confirmed that the consultation process is now underway.
The introduction of speed limit reductions has been investigated at the request of the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership, with their data indicating that six serious and 15 slight reported injury accidents have occurred along the stretch of the A151 over the past five years.
Andrew says that enforcing the reduced speed limits is vital to keeping everyone safe.
He said: “There’s no point in having the reduced limits if they aren’t going to be enforced.
“I would like to think that the speed watch would be approved for the site.
“It would have an
impact and would be an improvement.
“The speed watch is there to control speed and make people aware of the limits, but if people persist in breaking the law it will catch up with them.”