Speeding drivers are told 20 is plenty in Kingsmead's Monarch Drive

Speeding drivers are told 20 is plenty in Kingsmead

Speeding drivers are told 20 is plenty in Kingsmead

First published in News Northwich Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

DRIVERS in Kingsmead are being urged to stick to a new 20mph zone in the area.

Monarch Drive has long been used as a rat run to avoid congestion on Kingsmead Spine Road, with residents and councillors campaigning for traffic calming measures since 2007.

A 20mph zone came into force along the road in June this year, but residents and councillors fear that the new signs are not being obeyed.

Speaking at the latest Kingsmead Parish Council meeting resident Geoff Hiorns said: “Hopefully we can get road markings done as soon as possible.

“I understand until it’s complete maybe it’s difficult for the police to take any further action because it could be claimed by motorists that it’s not clear or not complete.

“But I wondered if the police could do something to deter the utterly reckless driving, often by residents.”

Clr Helen Weltman, a Kingsmead parish council and a Cheshire West and Chester councillor explained why there had been a delay with the road markings.

“There is one contractor in the Cheshire West and Chester area and there have been quite a lot of speed limit changes,” she said.

Clr Weltman agreed that speeding was still an issue in Monarch Drive and needed to be monitored.

“There have been some people still doing 45 to 50mph,” she said.

“I’ve offered to pay for some of the flashing signs that stay on lampposts but I wanted to see how it went first, we just need to monitor it.”

There was some debate among councillors about the effectiveness of the flashing Speed Indication Devices (SIDs).

Clr Chris Reed said: “The SIDs are great but you get the idiots that see it as a challenge.”

Clr Tim Moore said: “There’s some research I’ve read that says by and large they do a better job than static speed cameras, they affect the way people think.”

The council agreed to monitor the situation before taking any further action.

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8:05pm Wed 30 Jul 14

andyralphs says...

Of course they won't be obeyed that's because the average Northwich driver can't read, we've just had them in Davenham and might as well not have bothered the idiots still think it's a race track! I was doing 20 yesterday and some tool with no brain was flashing his lights at me and a foot from my bumper presumably for going too slow 20 in a 20 think about it fool you know who you are....
Of course they won't be obeyed that's because the average Northwich driver can't read, we've just had them in Davenham and might as well not have bothered the idiots still think it's a race track! I was doing 20 yesterday and some tool with no brain was flashing his lights at me and a foot from my bumper presumably for going too slow 20 in a 20 think about it fool you know who you are.... andyralphs
  • Score: 6

8:18pm Wed 30 Jul 14

northwichboy says...

andyralphs wrote:
Of course they won't be obeyed that's because the average Northwich driver can't read, we've just had them in Davenham and might as well not have bothered the idiots still think it's a race track! I was doing 20 yesterday and some tool with no brain was flashing his lights at me and a foot from my bumper presumably for going too slow 20 in a 20 think about it fool you know who you are....
well seid andyralphs I completely agree
[quote][p][bold]andyralphs[/bold] wrote: Of course they won't be obeyed that's because the average Northwich driver can't read, we've just had them in Davenham and might as well not have bothered the idiots still think it's a race track! I was doing 20 yesterday and some tool with no brain was flashing his lights at me and a foot from my bumper presumably for going too slow 20 in a 20 think about it fool you know who you are....[/p][/quote]well seid andyralphs I completely agree northwichboy
  • Score: 3

9:12pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Bazzer49 says...

Couldn't agree more, if the police don't do speed checks there's no point in changing the speed limit. When the 40mph limit was introduced in Bostock they were there checking. Maybe there could be a speed check set up by the side of the road showing the speed of motorists.
Couldn't agree more, if the police don't do speed checks there's no point in changing the speed limit. When the 40mph limit was introduced in Bostock they were there checking. Maybe there could be a speed check set up by the side of the road showing the speed of motorists. Bazzer49
  • Score: 0

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