A petition to cut the speed limit on a country road that has claimed several lives was debated by councillors.

Residents were calling for the speed limit on the “treacherous” A355 between Beaconsfield and Amersham to be reduced from 60mph to 40mph.

They claim the area around Gore Hill, past Coleshill, is especially fraught, particularly for walkers and people leaving or emerging onto the road.

Discussing the petition, which 132 people signed, at the Amersham Community Board last Thursday (February 18), Cllr Julia Burton said: Most people who live in the area will be aware that we’ve had a few fatalities on that road.

“I don’t know it can possibly be policed if it’s brought down to 40mph but I think it would be a fantastic idea because coming down the hill from Beaconsfield, automatically the car speeds up, so they are not doing 50mph, they’re doing 60 or 65.

“So I would like whatever can be done to possibly bring that in.

“I would hope that my colleagues would support this.”

Several people have been killed along the route throughout the years.

Daniel Horton from Marlow and Aaron Savin, a model and actor who worked in Amersham, both died at the scene when their car crashed with another on the A355 Whippas Hill in November 2014. The pair were childhood friends.

And in September 2015, 29-year-old Alison Kelly, who was living and working near Amersham, died in a three-car smash near Coleshill.

The petition also went to the Beaconsfield and Chepping Wye Community Board last Tuesday (February 16) where it was decided the board would have further discussions with their transport and highway working group about the issue.

Amersham Community Board members agreed to delegate the matter to their transport and highway working group, and have joint discussions with the Beaconsfield and Chepping Wye Community Board.