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SPEED LIMIT: Costly new speed limit signs in Gerrards Cross would be “money well spent”

 Published on: 10th August 2022   |   By: Dean Shaw   |   Category: Uncategorized

New signs needed to change the speed limit on a Gerrards Cross road would be “money well spent” despite estimates coming in at £30,000.”

The A413 has seen several collisions and deaths in recent years, leading to a petition being launched to reduce the speed limit.

Currently the limits is 70mph with plans to reduce it to 50mph.

The call for the road limit to be reduced follows the death of Simran “Simi” Johal in October 2020, a 78-year-old cyclist killed on August 2021, and 57-year-old man in 2018.

Following those incidents and many others more than 750 people signed a petition calling for the speed limit between Joiners Lane Roundabout and the roundabout junction with Kingsway to be reduced from 70mph, “to 50, or 40mph”.

Chesham and Amersham MP Sarah Green has also waded into the debate and backed the plans for the speed limit to be reduced.

However, the chairman of Chalfont St Peter Parish Council says the cost of signs alone will be £28,800.

In an update at the Denham, Gerrards Cross and Chalfonts community board, he said:Buckinghamshire Council have reported back on the A413, you will recall the board put up funding for a traffic survey.

“We’ve now heard back with an estimated cost for replacing the signs to reduce the speed limit from 70mph to 50mph of £28,000, so we’ve asked for further details.”

In response to that Chalfont St Peter resident, Benjamin Law, said: “It sounds a lot for signs but it would be money well spent.

“We all know speed kills to let’s get it done no matter what it costs.”

A spokesperson for Buckinghamshire Council said: “Road safety is of utmost priority to Buckinghamshire Council. We continue to work with local residents and partners to explore options for addressing road safety concerns at this site. Any proposals to change the speed limit in the future are subject to funding being available and would need to go through the normal assessment and consultation process.”


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