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Sharp reduction in speeding on 30mph road off A47 - but some clocked in excess of 70mph

PUBLISHED: 11:12 07 February 2019 | UPDATED: 15:52 07 February 2019

Speeding along Corton Long Lane has declined dramatically since the installation of a radar speed sign in 2018. Picture: Thomas Chapman

Speeding along Corton Long Lane has declined dramatically since the installation of a radar speed sign in 2018. Picture: Thomas Chapman

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Recorded speeding on a busy road off the A47 has dropped by around 60pc since the addition of a speed warning sign.

Speeding along Corton Long Lane has declined dramatically since the installation of a radar speed sign in 2018. Picture: Corton Parish CouncilSpeeding along Corton Long Lane has declined dramatically since the installation of a radar speed sign in 2018. Picture: Corton Parish Council

Following the installation of a radar speed sign on Corton Long Lane - which has a 30mph speed limit - an initial 11-hour trial in September last year showed 70pc of drivers were travelling in excess of 35mph.

But the presence of the new sign prompted an immediate and rapid decline, with just 10pc of motorists recorded speeding towards Corton during October.

Speeding along Corton Long Lane has declined dramatically since the installation of a radar speed sign in 2018. Picture: Thomas ChapmanSpeeding along Corton Long Lane has declined dramatically since the installation of a radar speed sign in 2018. Picture: Thomas Chapman

The latest recorded data, for November and December, revealed near identical figures.

Corton Parish Council, who helped lead the charge for a deterrent, said there had been widespread recognition of a speeding problem along the road.

Speeding along Corton Long Lane has declined dramatically since the installation of a radar speed sign in 2018. Picture: Thomas ChapmanSpeeding along Corton Long Lane has declined dramatically since the installation of a radar speed sign in 2018. Picture: Thomas Chapman

“Speeding has always been an issue on Corton Long Lane,” said a council spokesman. “Our gut instinct was that this major problem needed addressing.

“We’ve had a temporary sign over the years but that is shifted between various places. We decided it was time to look into getting a permanent sign off the back of questions raised by parish residents.

Speeding along Corton Long Lane has declined dramatically since the installation of a radar speed sign in 2018. Picture: Thomas ChapmanSpeeding along Corton Long Lane has declined dramatically since the installation of a radar speed sign in 2018. Picture: Thomas Chapman

“After a month of the sign being there, we could see more than 30pc of cars were travelling in excess of 35mph. That, to be honest with you, was far less than we were expecting as some drivers go at quite some speed.”

Despite far fewer drivers speeding excessively as they travel towards the adjoining A47 roundabout, there remains instances of motorists travelling at dangerously high speeds.

Speeding along Corton Long Lane has declined dramatically since the installation of a radar speed sign in 2018. Picture: Thomas ChapmanSpeeding along Corton Long Lane has declined dramatically since the installation of a radar speed sign in 2018. Picture: Thomas Chapman

In October the highest recorded speed was 65mph, while in November some vehicles were clocked in excess of 70mph.

While the council acknowledges the sign’s positive impact, it admits the challenge in making further progress.

Speeding along Corton Long Lane has declined dramatically since the installation of a radar speed sign in 2018. Picture: Thomas ChapmanSpeeding along Corton Long Lane has declined dramatically since the installation of a radar speed sign in 2018. Picture: Thomas Chapman

“Very soon the speeds people were going started to come down, but it is now at a static figure of around nine to 10pc of vehicles each day who are speeding,” added the spokesman. “Still there are some persistent offenders and there always will be.

“I suppose the most important thing is that it serves as a visual reminder, telling drivers they need to be careful.

“We regularly share our stats with the police, who conduct speed checks in Corton Long Lane from time to time. This sign should help put their time to good use.”

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