Bury St Edmunds: Renewed calls for 20 mph speed limit after Christmas Day accident

Jon Vale jon.vale@archant.co.uk
Monday, January 6, 2014
10:00 AM

Calls for a 20mph speed limit have been renewed after a crash in the early hours of Christmas Day on a narrow residential street.

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The crash in Southgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, is the latest incident on a road where residents have demanded action for years to curb speeds along the residential road where cars park along both sides.

Keith Horton, chairman of the Southgate Area Association, said: “The issue is not speeding in the sense that the vehicles that have been involved in the accidents on the Southgate corridor were necessarily exceeding the 30mph limit, but that a 30mph limit gives a message to drivers that is inappropriate.

“It’s patently unsafe to attempt to negotiate the Southgate corridor – with its historic character, narrow road and footway width, junctions and bends – at speeds approaching 30mph.

“It is this unsafe speed, but still within the legal limit, that causes the danger.”

The accident happened at around 2.20am on Christmas Day, when a car came into Southgate Street from St Mary’s Square. The car crashed into a parked car on the bend and pushed it on to the wall of a house.

Suffolk County Council is in the midst of re-evaluating its criteria for introducing 20mph speed limits. While final plans are due to be heard in February, any proposals will consider the number and severity of accidents on the road, as well as the funding available.

The plans are also likely to need support from Suffolk Constabulary to enforce the speed limit, as well as from local residents.

Bury councillor Mark Eriera-Guyer has said he will use his quality of life budget to help fund the works, adding: “It’s my New Year’s resolution to get it done this year.

“Lots of areas across the country that are packed in want these 20mph zones and to feel a bit safer.

“People have wanted this for more than 10 years and it would be nice to give people what they want.”

8 comments

  • DaveHedgehog… If you're to quote the Highway Code at least get it right instead of abbreviating it to try making a point… Rule 243 is in relation to, amongst other things, stopping or parking on a bend… in the road not an authorised parking space which this is !

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    Anon

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • Maybe if they didn't park on both sides the road would be safe. If you pay less for your house then don't expect to park outside it, if you want to pay the extra £20,30k to buy house with a driveway. Its amazing how many people want 20mph when in reality what they want to do is park outside their house in blatantly inappropriate locations.

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    The Ginge

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • Anon - please tell me where in the article it says it was a marked bay.... I did not abbriviate to change context, simple not to make a post as long as the article!

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    DaveHedgehog

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • Local knowledge is what tells me... As well as the picture in which it's quite obvious

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    Anon

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • The car that was crashed into wasn't parked "on the bend" in the way that the article implies, nor in an inappropriate location. It was parked correctly in a Council-designated parking space after the bend.

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    David Mainwood

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • Highway Code Rule 146 Adapt your driving to the appropriate type and condition of road you are on. In particular - do not treat speed limits as a target. It is often not appropriate or safe to drive at the maximum speed limit - take the road and traffic conditions into account. Be prepared for unexpected or difficult situations, for example, the road being blocked beyond a blind bend. Be prepared to adjust your speed as a precaution - where there are junctions, be prepared for road users emerging - in side roads and country lanes look out for unmarked junctions where nobody has priority - be prepared to stop at traffic control systems, road works, pedestrian crossings or traffic lights as necessary - children, are looking the other way, they may step out into the road without seeing you. Driving into a staionary object is rarely anyone's fault but the one in control of the moving object.

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    Alice

    Monday, January 6, 2014

  • Anon - please tell me where in the article it says it was a marked bay.... I did not abbriviate to change context, simple not to make a post as long as the article!

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    DaveHedgehog

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • "The car crashed into a parked car on the bend" Highway code 243: DO NOT stop or park on a bend.

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    DaveHedgehog

    Monday, January 6, 2014

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