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‘Stop using village as shortcut for lorries’

L13-1470 Pat Mitchell with lorries and degrading road in Kensworth, Common road.
Rick Redman
JR 51
19.12.13

L13-1470 Pat Mitchell with lorries and degrading road in Kensworth, Common road. Rick Redman JR 51 19.12.13

Kensworth Parish Council has raised concerns over the amount of traffic running through the village, after four collisions in three weeks.

The most recent incident occurred on Wednesday morning (December 18) when a skip lorry collided with a Fiat Punto, and police were forced to close the road for two hours while spilled debris was cleared.

A woman was taken to hospital after she was cut free from her car following a collision involving a lorry in Common Road on Monday December 16.

Chairperson of the council, Patricia Mitchell, said: “We have a huge amount of traffic going through, it’s generally very busy.

“We expect it at peak times like Bank Holidays when people are going to the zoo, but this is from 5am.

“The Tarmac is eroding away and brickwork is showing through around the gullies. When lorries travel over it they make a lot of noise and wake people up.

“I realise that these people have work commitments but there are other routes.

“European lorry drivers are using sat nav systems designed for cars which are taking them on a route unsuitable for lorries.”

The last time the Parish Council met with Central Beds Council was in October, to discuss possible traffic calming measures.

The 30mph road already features a flashing speed limit sign and a speed camera, but residents believe more needs to be done.

Council clerk Brian Farrelly said: “It is certainly something of growing concern to our members.

“It has been a problem for a number of years now. We would like the number of vehicles using Kensworth as a through route to be reduced considerably.”

Residents on Facebook shared their views. Emma Kerby said: “I think there should be speed humps. No point putting a 20mph sign up, the 30mph sign is already ignored.”

Amanda Menear said: “Generally people who live in the village drive carefully through it, however people who use Kensworth as a rat run are not so careful!”

 

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