Bid to reduce A18 speed limit moves forward

Councillor John Briggs and Andrew Percy MP on site at the A18 at Althorpe.
Councillor John Briggs and Andrew Percy MP on site at the A18 at Althorpe.

PLANS to reduce the speed limit on a main road running through a village look to go ahead.

Proposals have been put forward to make the A18 through Althorpe a 40mph zone after residents raised concerns about speeding motorists.

Councillor John Briggs met with Isle MP Andrew Percy on Friday to try and drive forward the reduced speed limit.

And now it is hoped the new limit will come into force in the spring.

Coun Briggs said: “The parish councillors and residents told us they wanted the section of the A18 at Althorpe making into a 40mph zone.

“We promised we would deliver this and I am pleased that, subject to the outcome of consultation, this should be put in place by March of next year.”

He said: “It is really important we get this reduction for this route because a lot of villagers do cross here but, of course, reducing the speed limit is only one part of dealing with this problem.

“We need drivers to take a lot more care when passing through and I’m pleased to have been able to work with Councillor John Briggs to support residents who have been calling for this reduction.”

A 450 metre stretch of the road which includes a sharp bend is set to be reduced from the current 60mph.

A North Lincolnshire Counci; spokesman said the move had followed a review of all A and B roads across the county and was not as a result of accidents, .She added it was hoped a public consultation would start in the next few weeks and new road markings, red surfacing and traffic islands, all designed to make the road appear narrower to drivers, were expected to be included in the plans.