Lower speed limit appeal rejected
4:00pm Tue Apr 08, 2014
Calls for a speed reduction on the A52 at Bingham have been rejected by the Highways Agency.
Mr Mel Dean, who lives off Tythby Road, Bingham, wants the limit cut from 60mph to 40mph.
He said it would cut the number of accidents and lower air and noise pollution.
Highways Agency asset development manager Mr Kamaljit Khokhar wrote to Mr Dean saying any reduction in the speed limit would have to be approved by Nottinghamshire Police, which did not believe an artificial reduction in speed was warranted because it was a wide, rural road with almost no frontages.
Mr Khokhar accepted that traffic was a major source of noise pollution but said it was not Highways Agency policy to reduce speed limits to combat it.
He said there were no grounds to reduce the speed limit based on air quality.
Mr Dean said he was dismayed by the decision and suggested Highways Agency inspectors visit at 9am or 5pm to get a full sense of how busy and dangerous the junctions could be.
“You don’t have to work at the Highways Agency to see you need major improvements to these junctions,” he said.
Mr Dean called for the changes because the road had become busier due to the increase in the number of people living in the south of Bingham.
He had called for traffic lights at the Tythby Road junction and a filter lane for those turning left into Bingham.
Mr Khokhar said there was no need for traffic lights at the junction because it was not congested.
He said he had fully considered Mr Dean’s request for stop signs and filter lanes on the A52 at the Tythby Road and Grantham Road junctions but said there was no justification on economic or safety grounds.
Mr Khokhar said the Highways Agency did a safety study on the A52 between the junction with New Lane and Tythby Road junction.
The study showed 25 road traffic collisions that resulted in injuries between April 2007 and March 2012.
Mr Khokhar said most of the accidents at the Tythby Road junction were caused by people turning right out of Tythby Road (on the side leading to/from Tythby village) and being hit by on-coming traffic.
He said speed was not a contributing factor to these accidents.
A Highways Agency spokesman said: “We have reviewed and carefully considered Mr Dean’s concerns about safety on the A52 at Bingham and currently, there are no safety or environmental justifications for reducing the speed limit.”
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