Council says no to speed limit reduction on ‘dangerous’ Derby road
Derby City Council says it has no plans to reduce the speed limit of a Derby road – despite it recently being branded as “dangerous” and “an accident waiting to happen”.
Last month Derbyshire Live reported how there were calls for the 60mph speed limit on Lime Lane in Oakwood to be changed as it was claimed cars were forced onto the verges of the roads due to speeding lorries.
Councillors in the area say the road is used as part of a “rat run” route at peak times to avoid heavy traffic on the A608 Mansfield Road travelling to and from Derby.
A new housing estate is being built at the top of the road at the junction with the A608.
Oakwood resident Alan Westhall said he feared a major accident could happen on the road if action was not taken to improve road safety on the narrow road – used by hundreds of drivers each day.
The 67-year-old claimed in the past few months there was an increase in the number of heavy goods vehicles using the narrow road which connects Oakwood with Breadsall Hill Top.
He said: “It’s so dangerous. Drivers are having to stop for ages at the top of the junction with Morley Road because so many vehicles are going so fast and they are trying to get out.”
“More and more heavy goods vehicles are using it, some going above the weight restriction I believe and it’s forcing cars on the other side to go on the verges.”
Following Mr Westhall’s comments, Derbyshire Live approached Derby City Council to ask if any new safety measures were in the pipeline.
The city council said no plans were in place at this stage but interestingly revealed they were “monitoring the situation” after receiving a complaint about the matter.
A Derby City Council spokesperson said: “There are no current plans to reduce the speed limit but we have had a recent enquiry, and have passed the concerns about speeding onto the police who are responsible for enforcement.
“We will continue to monitor the situation given the changing nature of the area with the new housing development.”