MP urges action to enforce speed limit on A46 at Hinton Cross - The Evesham Observer

MP urges action to enforce speed limit on A46 at Hinton Cross

Evesham Editorial 17th Nov, 2023   0

PERSHORE’S MP Harriett Baldwin has called for urgent action to help to enforce a new speed limit on a dangerous stretch of the A46.

Over a year ago, National Highways confirmed that a temporary 40mph limit would be put in place along the stretch of road at Hinton Cross where there have been a number of fatal accidents in recent years.

In March it confirmed it would introduce a new, lower speed limit to improve safety.

The limit will be temporarily reduced from 60mph to 40mph over a 1.5km stretch of road following a number of collisions, with a view to making the lower speed limit permanent.

New signs and road markings will be installed on the A46 from just north of Hinton Cross to just south of the B4078 at Sedgeberrow

Villagers living along the A46, who first raised their concerns about the road last year, won support from Mrs Baldwin, pictured, who has lobbied National Highways and the Department of Transport since the issue was raised.

To support this, the agency also agreed to install a variable speed activated sign to deter speeding and the West Worcestershire MP has called on the local police to carry out speed enforcement.

The new sign installation has so far taken a year to plan and latest updates from National Highways confirm that a design will not be ready until April, when the agency will then prepare costings for the project.

“Any parish council can buy and install a speed warning sign and put it on a lamppost or similar structure in a matter of days so I am not sure why National Highways has taken 18 months just to prepare a plan for a warning sign on the A46,” Mrs Baldwin said.

“The 40 miles per hour speed limit is welcome but, having walked along the road, it is clear to me that the limit is not being universally adhered to, and needs enforcement and other mitigation measures.

“I’ve written to Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion asking him to ensure appropriate enforcement is carried out.

“If we all work together to make incremental improvements to this stretch of road, I hope it will get safer for local users.

“I’ve also written to the chief executive of National Highways expressing my dissatisfaction and I will continue to press the police to carry out enforcement as the long winter evenings make driving conditions harder.”


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