Residents back petition to slow traffic down in Eastwood street

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A petition to introduce traffic calming measure on a road in Eastwood will be discussed by a council next week.

Residents have become worried about the speed of cars on Mansfield Road, which links Eastwood to Brinsley, after a number of crashes.

A petition was handed to Nottinghamshire County Council in September by councillor Tony Harper, who is hoping that measures will be put in place to reduce the speed of drivers on the road.

Mansfield Road

Mansfield Road

Now, the council is recommending that money should be put aside to fund traffic calming measures, at a council meeting on January 18.

Denise Garratt owns Bed and Biscuit Pet Hotel in Mansfield Road and says she frequently sees cars speeding past her windows.

She said: "I have been here since 1989 and it has always been horrendous. Since I have been here there must have been dozens and dozens of accidents.

"I am 100 percent in favour of the petition to slow traffic down. The cars fly down the road at such a speed it is almost impossible to even cross the road.

"There is no pavement on my side of the road so in order to walk anywhere I have to cross to the other side and I now either drive or don't go out because crossing that road has become so difficult.

"Since living here I have seen cars in bushes, cars in ditches and cars through walls, it has gone too far now."

The A608 Mansfield Road near Eastwood

The A608 Mansfield Road near Eastwood

In a report to the chairman of the communities and place committee at the council it states that funding for the road could be available in the future.

It says: "The petition requested that the council provide suitable traffic control measures along Mansfield Road to reduce the speed of vehicles.

"A fatal road accident occurred on this road in December 2014 and the driver responsible was imprisoned as a result.

"The most effective form of traffic calming in a 30mph speed limit consists of 'vertical deflection features' for example road humps of various kinds.

"However, these projects are not appropriate on classified 'A' roads because of the volume of traffic on these strategic routes which often includes a high proportion of lorries and buses.

The A608 Mansfield Road

The A608 Mansfield Road

"Another effective way to reduce speed is the introduction of speed cameras. The A608 route is already one of the core mobile speed camera sites on which enforcement takes place regularly, and the enforcement of this activity is monitored on an annual basis.

"In the last three and a half years, seven reported injury accidents have occurred including the fatal collision.

"It is likely that a remedial scheme can be justified for funding in the future, possibly as early as 2018/19 subject to approvals and busgets."

Councillor for Eastwood, Tony Harper, said that the road has been a concern to residents for at least 10 years.

He said: "A lot of cars go really fast down Mansfield Road towards Brinsley. It is particularly dangerous as people go up the hill.

"Residents in the area who have young children are worried because the pavements aren't that wide and a lot of children go to the school on the road so it needs some kind of mitigation on there to slow traffic down.

"The speed limit is 30mph but people are going a lot faster than that, it has been a problem for more than 10 years now and people in the area want to see some enforcement on the road."

Nottinghamshire County Council is set to make a decision on on January 18 on whether funding will be put aside to help reduce the speed of traffic.