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Calls made for more 30mph signs on busy Christchurch road after crash
CALLS for more signs to remind drivers of the speed limit on a busy Christchurch road have been made following a recent crash.
A three-car collision in Barrack Road on Saturday saw an elderly lady cut free from her car after the crash outside Cheriton Dental Practice, opposite the Shell garage.
Thankfully the woman’s injuries were not serious, but one lane was closed while the vehicles were recovered from the scene, causing delays and tailbacks.
In the last five years, there have been seven serious crashes and around 24 slight injury collisions on the stretch between Bailey Drive roundabout and the Fountain roundabout.
Although the reason for the recent crash is not known, Christchurch resident Roger Burton said he would like to see more speed limit signs on the road in a bid to reduce the number of cars exceeding the 30mph limit.
He said: “Everyone thinks it’s 40mph along that road – but it’s not. I’ve been talking to Dorset Police and the road safety partnership about the issue to try and persuade them to take some action.
“It needs to be made clearer to drivers. It’s a busy road and surely it’s better to have signage – it could reduce the number of accidents.”
He suggested putting one of the speed checker devices on the road to try and warn people to watch their speed.
Cllr Nick Geary, lead member for transport at Christchurch council said it was an issue he agreed needed looking at.
He promised to speak to Christchurch council’s head of property and engineering, Lindsay Cass, about the issue.
A spokesman for Dorset County Council said: “30mph speed limits within street lit areas do not require repeater signs.
“The regulations state that roads with street lighting are automatically 30mph unless an order has been made to change it.”
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