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Council plans to cut speed limit on danger road

By Rob Smith | Whitchurch | News | Published:

A council wants to lower a dangerous road's speed limit to 50mph after a number of fatal collisions.

Shropshire Council confirmed it plans to bring down the 60mph limit on the A525 at Broughall near Whitchurch, and is consulting on the changes.

Residents of the village have long campaigned for the speed limit on the A525 to be lowered, and their calls were amplified last summer when a motorcyclist died after a collision with a car.

Tony Dennis of Stoke-on-Trent was 49 when he died, and it followed two deaths when a motorcyclist hit a pedestrian the previous year.

Walter Dobrowolski, 67, and Roy Bundy, 79, both died when the former's motorbike hit the latter in March 2017.

A Shropshire Council statement this week said: "Following two recent fatal road traffic collisions on the A525 Nantwich Road at Broughall to the east of Whitchurch, safety concerns have been raised by the local community regarding the speed of traffic travelling along this section of the A525.

"As a result of the investigations carried out, and following consultation with the police, Shropshire Council as the local Highway Authority proposes to introduce a 50mph speed limit order to restrict vehicle speeds to a level that is appropriate to the environment for this section of the A525, and to provide both improved road safety for all road users and quality of life for the local community."

The consultation will last until April 10, and the council wants to hear from those who are interested.

To raise an objection or express support, email traffic.engineering@shropshire.gov.uk by April 10. For more information call 0345 678 9006.

Rob Smith

By Rob Smith
Reporter

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star based at Ketley in Telford.

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