More measures to reduce A60 speed

A60 Carlton.  Speed camera site    (w110223-2)
A60 Carlton. Speed camera site (w110223-2)

MORE steps are being taken to ensure drivers stick to the new speed limit on a notorious stretch of the A60 in Costhorpe despite concerns they aren’t needed.

Notts County Council is reducing the limit from 40mph to 30mph on the Doncaster Road between Carlton and Langold in March.

The local authority will make £45,000 of safety improvements. As well as installing four new pedestrian road islands, it has also said it will also install three more interactive ‘Your Speed’ signs along the road.

Notts Police will also be measuring the speed of drivers to see if the change has been effective and to determine if more enforcement is necessary.

But despite the announcement some drivers feel reducing the safety measures will not make any difference.

“Why these people want to drop the speed limit by 10mph is silly. I stick to the limits and feel it’s the drivers fault – the road is safe,” said one driver.

“Yes you do get cars speeding especially at the weekends but the road isn’t dangerous it is the drivers that use it,” said another.

Truck driver Andy Ward said: “The loss of life on this road should reach out to every driver who travels it but lets not blame the road, it has not changed in character since it was laid. We as motorists have a duty to other road users to ensure their journey is as safe as our own would be, whether its Granny doing 25 in a 50 or the hot headed executive/boy racer in his new BMW doing 60 in a 40, then this road would not seem so dangerous to the less skilled drivers in our community.”

This week a temporary mobile speed camera was on the A60 in Costhorpe.

Worksop North East and Carlton county councillor Alan Rhodes said: “An idiot will always drive like an idiot. Dedicated law abiding people that may inadvertently go above the speed limit will welcome the measures that will alert them to the fact they are speeding.”

Head of roads policing Chief Inspector Andy Charlton said measuring the compliance of drivers was standard practice.

“The police will be included when that information is shared and at that point decisions can be taken about whether any enforcement is necessary,” he added.

“Of course if a suitably trained officer detects an offence here and now then any offenders will be dealt with in the normal way.”