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Fresh calls to relax speed limit near notorious speed trap
NEARLY 400 drivers have been caught speeding on a notorious hill in just six months despite no injuries at the spot in five years, new figures have revealed.
Angry resident Dominic Osborne obtained the figures for Treadaway Hill in Flackwell Heath under freedom of information laws, and believes the speed limit should now be changed.
Over £6000 has been collected on the hill since April with the average speeding motorist travelling at 38mph – eight mph over the current 30 limit, which has been in place since 1963.
Mr Osborne’s girlfriend Charlotte Caught was clocked doing 35mph on the hill, which has two lanes on the ascent to allow for slow-moving traffic.
And the 37-year-old from High Wycombe is now calling for a review to consider making changes similar to Marlow Hill, which is partially covered by a higher 40mph limit.
He said: “I don’t see what justification Treadaway Hill has for being 30 mph when no injury collisions were recorded for the five year period.
“Personally, I would say it’s more dangerous to stick to the speed limit of 30mph down this hill.
“Considering the average speed of people issued with a notice of intended prosecution as a result of spending was less than 40 mph how we can get the council/police to consider increasing the speed limit from 30mph to 40mph on the hill in the same manner as Marlow Hill?”
Police have confirmed no injuries have been sustained in accidents at the spot in five years up to September, and nine damage-only incidents over the same period.
But Transport for Buckinghamshire, the transport arm of Bucks County Council, say there is no plan to review the speed limit in the area.
Spokesman Dan Elworthy said national guidance recommends a minimum length of 600 metres for a speed limit to avoid too many changes along a route, and Treadaway Hill is just 400m long.
He said: “There is a considerable cost involved in changing a speed limit , as this must include public consultation as part of the legal procedures as well as the cost of installing 40mph signs and clearing vegetation as necessary to accommodate them.
“The County Council has, since 2003, completed a countywide review of speed limits and is unable to justify funding any further speed limit changes across the County.”
He added that funds are allocated to parish councils to request a review of specific areas and limits, but that the cost of an assessment can total £7000.
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