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Would 20mph limit make gyratory safer?
SPEED limits need to be slashed to improve safety on Northwich’s trial gyratory, according to town councillors.
Northwich Town Council agreed that a 20mph safe zone should be imposed on the controversial one-way system to stop motorists using it as a racing circuit.
Clr Andy Stott said: “Drivers coming down Winnington Hill have a clear run and it’s becoming quite a race track.
“There have been a number of accidents on there and I just think something needs to be done to calm down the speed of traffic and allow people to see our town centre rather than go past in a blur.”
Town mayor Clr George Mainwaring added: “We have a beautiful town with plenty of hospitality places and we want people to visit the town but there’s a super highway down the middle of it.
“Older people are frightened because the traffic is so quick.
“If you stand by Searfarer it really is a race track along there.
“We’ve got Church Walk School, a play area and the entrance to a supermarket so it does need looking at.”
Clr Mainwaring emphasised Clr Stott’s suggestion that if people drove through town too fast they would miss what it could offer.
“If people want to bypass town that’s one thing but really we want people to come in and support our shops,” he said.
The town council agreed that it should write to Cheshire West and Chester Council’s highways department and ask it to consider setting up a 20mph safe zone on the gyratory, as well as more adequate signage.
The gyratory is currently about half way through an 18-month trial period.