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Councillor challenges Leadwell Lane speed test inaction  

November 18, 2016 7:30 PM

Speeding has been a controversial subject with residents complaining of dangerously high speeds and the council implying that speeds were not out of the ordinary.

Councillor Golton asked for the details of speed tests undertaken in 2015 at the junction with Westfield Lane. The council used the figures to endorse their position that further action was not required as the results showed that average driving speeds were around the 30mph limit.

However after reviewing the detail, Cllr Golton says the figures reveal a more worrying picture.


Cllr Golton (Lib Dem, Rothwell) said:

"If you look behind the figures around 245 motorists over the week drove over 40mph, with several even going over 60mph.

"When one in twenty drivers are going at least ten miles over the speed limit, I believe that there is a problem. Residents should not have to live with this danger outside their own homes.

"Of the thousands that use this road every week, the vast majority are considerate drivers that stay within the limits set. However, there remains a stubborn minority of dangerous drivers who seem to believe that the speed limit does not apply to them.

"So I have asked for an up to date speed test to be done further down the road, where residents have indicated a recurrent problem, and will be involving the police and the highways department to come up with a permanent solution should the results bear out those earlier tests."