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Bid to reduce traffic speed


Residents are calling for action to stop vehicles travelling too fast along a narrow lane.

Vehicles travelling in different directions along Hollowdyke Lane, off Main Street, Balderton, can pass only with care but it carries the 60mph national speed limit.

People living on Spring Drive, Fernwood, a small group of six homes off Hollowdyke Lane, want something done to slow traffic down.

Mrs Katy Freshney (23) who has two young children, Taylor-James (2) and Georgia-May (6) said there was nothing to slow drivers down.

She said her family walked and cycled along Hollowdyke Lane.

Mrs Freshney said she would like to see the speed limit reduced to 30mph and the introduction of a one-way system.

She said the problems were worse when drivers used the lane as a cut-through when there was an accident on the A1.

“If we don’t have something done I fear this will end up in tragedy,” she said.

Mrs Freshney said youngsters may not realise the dangers of traffic along Hollowdyke Lane and drivers may not be aware there were homes on Spring Drive.

Mrs Freshney said Hollowdyke Lane was popular with dog walkers, cyclists and joggers.

Mr and Mrs Steve Prior of Spring Drive, whose daughters Jessica (3) and Megan (8) ride their bicycles along the lane under supervision said vehicles often travelled too fast.

Mr Prior (45) said a one-way system could be introduced and said he was looking into buying a gate with other residents for the end of Spring Drive.

Mrs Karen Prior (38) said they would welcome any efforts to slow traffic down.

Another resident, Mr Glyn Alexander (59) said he would welcome a cut in the speed limit.

He said he had already contacted the county council to ask for signs to make drivers aware of Spring Drive.

“We have all the go-fast boys down here — they love it,” he said.

“I wouldn’t mind the speed limit being 30mph. I wouldn’t mind it being walking pace.”

A spokesman for Nottinghamshire County Council said: “We have investigated the concerns from local residents about Hollowdyke Lane in Fernwood.

“Nottinghamshire police accident figures show that there have been no accidents along Hollowdyke Lane in the last ten years.

“Therefore we are committed to allocating our budgets on sites with documented accident problems.”

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