A47 black-spot could see speed limit cut

Thorney Toll village hall sign.

Thorney Toll village hall sign. - Credit: Archant

A campaign for a reduced speed limit on the A47 at Thorney Toll has taken a major leap forward after highways chiefs agreed to include it in a safety scheme for the village.

But whether it will actually be implemented depends on the results of a traffic survey being carried out this month to establish the current average speed and volume of traffic.

Roger Chenery, Asset Manager for Cambridgeshire Highways, informed road safety campaigner Graham Chappell of the decision in an email following a meeting last month to discuss the need to cut the speed through Thorney Toll, which has seen several fatal accidents.

Results of the survey should be available early next year and Mr Chenery said: “Whilst I cannot guarantee the outcome of the review, should it be positive it is my intention to include the amendment of the speed limit with the programmed safety scheme in Thorney Toll. The safety scheme is listed in the programme but as yet there are a number of steps to go through to approve estimated costs, funding allocations and programme dates for works. In these circumstances I cannot yet say when any works will be undertaken or whether they will include a speed limit reduction.”

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