Residents in The Chalfonts are calling on Buckinghamshire Council to reduce the speed limit on the A413 in Chalfont St Peter and Gerrards Cross, which has now been backed by Sarah Green MP.
Multiple fatal and serious crashes have occurred on the road stretch of the A413 between Denham, Gerrards Cross and Chalfont St. Peter, which is currently a national speed limit road. The petition, started by Jagdeep Kandola states: “This speed limit is totally inappropriate, especially between Kingsway and Greyhound roundabout connecting Gerrards Cross and Chalfont St. Peter.
“Joining this roundabout is like taking your life into your own hands and recently there have been a spate of incidents and accidents causing risk to safety for local residents and road users.”
Sarah Green MP said: “I met with Jagdeep Kandola last September to discuss his efforts to reduce the speed limit on this particular stretch of the A413. I support his efforts to make this particular stretch of road safer. As evidenced by the number of signatories to Mr. Kandola’s petition, a reduced speed limit would have strong community backing.”
More than 800 people have signed the petition, calling to reduce the speed from 70 MPH to 50 or 40 MPH.
Steven Broadbent, Cabinet Member for Transport at Buckinghamshire Council said: “As a direct result of concerns raised by local residents, we carried out a speed survey and assessment on this stretch of the A413 and can confirm that an application for a speed limit reduction from the national speed limit to 50mph has now been received.
“We are currently exploring funding opportunities via the local Community Board and the HS2 Road Safety Fund to commission this work. It should be noted, the legal process to make such changes can take between six and 12 months once the funding has been approved.”
To view or sign the petition visit www.change.org/p/buckinghamshire-council-reduction-of-the-a413-speed-limit-in-gerrards-cross-and-chalfont-st-peter
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