Speed limits to be slashed across Hampshire

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Highway Officers have been reviewing 140 routes and recommended speed limits are cut up to 20mph on some A and B roads.

The local council now have until tomorrow to decide whether to take action on the recommendations.

Urgent action has been recommended at the following accident black spots;

-- The A326 along the Waterside between the Dibden Manor and Hardley roundabouts,  a stretch which has been 56 crashes in the past 5 years;

-- Parts of the A338 between Ringwood and Salisbury which has seen more than 40 accidents since 2006;

-- Sections on the A337 which runs through the New Forest from Cadnam to Lymington;

-- The A31 near Winchester from the Percy Hobbs roundabout to the junction with the A33, this has been the scene of 17 crashes with 4 serious / fatal accidents since 2006;

-- The A3057 between Romsey and the M271 which has seen 22 collisions in the past 5 years;

-- A stretch of the A27 Church Hill and Moorhill Road in West End which has seen 20 crashes in the past 5 years;

-- Fair Oak Road in Bishopstoke where there have been 6 serious / fatal crashes since 2006.

The speed limit review follows guidelines issued by the Department for Transport (DfT).  The DfT recommended threshold is a collision rate of 35 per 100 million vehicle kilometres.  This is breached in 42 spots on roads in the Hampshire area, all of which are recommended for reductions of between 10 - 20 mph.

I shall keep you posted on the outcome of the recommendations.

Karen Thompson

Legal Executive - Personal Injury team

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