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Speed limit to be reduced along ‘accident blackspot’ country road

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SPEED limit changes have been made to a country road after a series of accidents were reported.

The Milton Road, near Abingdon, is to have its limit changed from the 60mph national speed limit to 40mph, between Milton and its junction with the B4016.

Oxfordshire County Council said that over five years there had been two fatal accidents on the one-mile stretch, as well as one “serious” and four “slight” injury accidents.

Of those incidents, it said three may have been down to speeding.

Highways and transport officer Mark Kemp said that the new limit could reduce the number of accidents.

He said: “Following the introduction of a 40mph speed limit on similar roads [monitoring] has typically shown improvements in road safety.”

The measures were approved at a meeting in Oxford’s County Hall yesterday, chaired by county cabinet member for transport, David Nimmo-Smith.

Also approved were changes to limits on a stretch of road between Boars Hill and Wootton and to another in St Helen’s Without near Abingdon.

A 700-metre section of the road at Old Boars Hill is currently set at the national speed limit of 60mph.

But Oxfordshire County Council has said it will now be changed to 30mph.

Officers said the road was popular with cyclists, pedestrians and horseriders and so its “character” supported the change.

Also being updated is the speed limit on Barrow Road, St Helen Without.

A 300 metre stretch approaching the village, which has a 30mph limit, will now be made a 40mph “buffer” zone.

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8:26am Fri 25 Apr 14

Leyland Tiger says...

Great news - any sensible road user probably wouldn't object. Does beg the question though........... how will they along with current speed limits be enforced? You do see the occasional camera van but seldom do you see actual old fashioned police cars stopping road users and not just for speeding either. Plenty of bad behaviour goes on but seldom enforced because all TVP seem to do is to enforce speed via a camera. Oh and the very occasional check for mobile phone / seatbelt use on the Botley Road.
Great news - any sensible road user probably wouldn't object. Does beg the question though........... how will they along with current speed limits be enforced? You do see the occasional camera van but seldom do you see actual old fashioned police cars stopping road users and not just for speeding either. Plenty of bad behaviour goes on but seldom enforced because all TVP seem to do is to enforce speed via a camera. Oh and the very occasional check for mobile phone / seatbelt use on the Botley Road. Leyland Tiger
  • Score: -3

8:50am Fri 25 Apr 14

Quentin Walker says...

"...The Milton Road, near Abingdon, is to have its limit changed from the 60mph national speed limit to 40mph, between Milton and its junction with the B4016.

Oxfordshire County Council said that over five years there had been two fatal accidents on the one-mile stretch, as well as one “serious” and four “slight” injury accidents. Of those incidents, it said three may have been down to speeding..."

If people ignored the 60mph limit, does the County Council believe they will adhere to the new limit of 40mph?
"...The Milton Road, near Abingdon, is to have its limit changed from the 60mph national speed limit to 40mph, between Milton and its junction with the B4016. Oxfordshire County Council said that over five years there had been two fatal accidents on the one-mile stretch, as well as one “serious” and four “slight” injury accidents. Of those incidents, it said three may have been down to speeding..." If people ignored the 60mph limit, does the County Council believe they will adhere to the new limit of 40mph? Quentin Walker
  • Score: 10

10:24am Fri 25 Apr 14

HomerSimpsonDoh says...

Out of all the accidents NONE was proved to be due to speed. The words 'may' and 'could' have been used which means' they dont know'.
Out of all the accidents NONE was proved to be due to speed. The words 'may' and 'could' have been used which means' they dont know'. HomerSimpsonDoh
  • Score: 8

10:30am Fri 25 Apr 14

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

HomerSimpsonDoh wrote:
Out of all the accidents NONE was proved to be due to speed. The words 'may' and 'could' have been used which means' they dont know'.
Just another reason to put speed camera's out and catch motorists unawares when they make the change and not put proper signage up just like they have done elsewhere
[quote][p][bold]HomerSimpsonDoh[/bold] wrote: Out of all the accidents NONE was proved to be due to speed. The words 'may' and 'could' have been used which means' they dont know'.[/p][/quote]Just another reason to put speed camera's out and catch motorists unawares when they make the change and not put proper signage up just like they have done elsewhere yabbadabbadoo256
  • Score: 8

12:24pm Fri 25 Apr 14

King Joke says...

HomerSimpsonDoh wrote:
Out of all the accidents NONE was proved to be due to speed. The words 'may' and 'could' have been used which means' they dont know'.
They are caused by stupidity not speed, but the slower you're going the more likely you are to recover from a stupidity-based situation, and turn a KSI accident into a near miss.

It makes for a more pleasant environment for walkers, cyclists, horse-riders etc too, so it's a win-win.
[quote][p][bold]HomerSimpsonDoh[/bold] wrote: Out of all the accidents NONE was proved to be due to speed. The words 'may' and 'could' have been used which means' they dont know'.[/p][/quote]They are caused by stupidity not speed, but the slower you're going the more likely you are to recover from a stupidity-based situation, and turn a KSI accident into a near miss. It makes for a more pleasant environment for walkers, cyclists, horse-riders etc too, so it's a win-win. King Joke
  • Score: 0

12:29pm Fri 25 Apr 14

HomerSimpsonDoh says...

According to your logic then,just lower the speed limit to 5mph, then no one would get hurt!
According to your logic then,just lower the speed limit to 5mph, then no one would get hurt! HomerSimpsonDoh
  • Score: -1

1:30pm Fri 25 Apr 14

King Joke says...

I doubt the statistics would back up such a move, in terms of the safety gain vs 40 mph. 40 mph on roads of this type is enough to ensure that people won't drive into each other given average reaction times. It wouldn't be very practical for cyclists either!
I doubt the statistics would back up such a move, in terms of the safety gain vs 40 mph. 40 mph on roads of this type is enough to ensure that people won't drive into each other given average reaction times. It wouldn't be very practical for cyclists either! King Joke
  • Score: -1

1:34pm Fri 25 Apr 14

tinsel84 says...

Oh for god sake if they had lowered the Milton Road to 50, I'd be able to see sense. But 40?!
Oh for god sake if they had lowered the Milton Road to 50, I'd be able to see sense. But 40?! tinsel84
  • Score: 4

1:46pm Fri 25 Apr 14

King Joke says...

If you like driving fast that much, the A34 has a limit of 70. If that isn't fast enough for you, firk off to the Isle of Man.
If you like driving fast that much, the A34 has a limit of 70. If that isn't fast enough for you, firk off to the Isle of Man. King Joke
  • Score: -2

12:53pm Sat 26 Apr 14

ElderP says...

tinsel84 wrote:
Oh for god sake if they had lowered the Milton Road to 50, I'd be able to see sense. But 40?!
What is so urgent that the extra 18 seconds it will take to drive this mile of road clouds your vision of sense?
[quote][p][bold]tinsel84[/bold] wrote: Oh for god sake if they had lowered the Milton Road to 50, I'd be able to see sense. But 40?![/p][/quote]What is so urgent that the extra 18 seconds it will take to drive this mile of road clouds your vision of sense? ElderP
  • Score: -1

2:43pm Sat 26 Apr 14

faatmaan says...

Again the speed limit is reduced to catch out those who will ignore it anyway, whilst reducing speed will lower the gravity of any incident, the over riding necessity is to persecute road users who abuse the highway code, this does include all users not just motorists, we need to see people actually prosecuted rather than just fined, the message will soon get out and the problem may be eased, if not solved, the softly softly approach to road safety needs to replaced with zero tolerance.
Again the speed limit is reduced to catch out those who will ignore it anyway, whilst reducing speed will lower the gravity of any incident, the over riding necessity is to persecute road users who abuse the highway code, this does include all users not just motorists, we need to see people actually prosecuted rather than just fined, the message will soon get out and the problem may be eased, if not solved, the softly softly approach to road safety needs to replaced with zero tolerance. faatmaan
  • Score: -1

8:56pm Sat 26 Apr 14

King Joke says...

faatmaan wrote:
Again the speed limit is reduced to catch out those who will ignore it anyway, whilst reducing speed will lower the gravity of any incident, the over riding necessity is to persecute road users who abuse the highway code, this does include all users not just motorists, we need to see people actually prosecuted rather than just fined, the message will soon get out and the problem may be eased, if not solved, the softly softly approach to road safety needs to replaced with zero tolerance.
Word.
[quote][p][bold]faatmaan[/bold] wrote: Again the speed limit is reduced to catch out those who will ignore it anyway, whilst reducing speed will lower the gravity of any incident, the over riding necessity is to persecute road users who abuse the highway code, this does include all users not just motorists, we need to see people actually prosecuted rather than just fined, the message will soon get out and the problem may be eased, if not solved, the softly softly approach to road safety needs to replaced with zero tolerance.[/p][/quote]Word. King Joke
  • Score: 0

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