Motorists to be flashed if they are speeding

By Petersfield Post Reporter   |   Reporter   |
Wednesday 1st December 2021 12:13 pm
Durford Road crossroads is notorious for accidents ()

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PLANS to slow speeding motorists on a Petersfield road notorious for crashes and one death have been revealed – but no start date has been announced.

Two portable flashing Speed Limit Reminders (SLRs) are to go on Heath Road East and Pulens Lane to warn motorists to slow down if they speeding.

The 30mph-restricted roads meet at Durford Road crossroads (pictured), the scene of many accidents and a fatality in August 2020.

As the highways authority, it is Hampshire County Council’s job to ensure roads are safe for users.

East Hampshire District Council deputy leader Julie Butler has been lobbying the county council for years to make the roads and junction safer.

She said: “County and district councillor Rob Mocatta and I now have support from the other Petersfield district and county councillors to fund two SLRs to be permanently located in Pulens Lane and Heath Road East.

“They will be moved to different locations there with the help of Petersfield Town Council.

“I think we are just waiting for the quotes from a company that supplies SLRs. This needs to be submitted with the grant application that is being written with the support of a residents’ group.

“Once we have this, things should move quickly. This is a small step, but it will help.

“And there is a considerable amount work going on in the background to make the roads safer.”

Georgina Dance of Montague Gardens off Pulens Lane and other residents met county councillor Russell Oppenheimer at the crossroads to make their case for safety works.

She said: “It is four weeks since he met us and confirmed money is available for safety work.

“The situation worsens by the day. Judging by the speeds I see vehicles racing down this road on a daily basis, it is only a matter of good fortune that there hasn’t been another tragedy.”

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