Friend of two men killed on Wimblington Road says 60mph stretch needs to be reduced before campaign is a “success”

Wimblington Road, March. Picture: Steve Williams.

Wimblington Road, March. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

A man who lost two friends on Wimblington Road has welcomed an impending speed reduction ... but he says the most dangerous stretch on the road has still not been tackled.

Following a two year campaign from residents and the Cambs Times, a stretch of road from Neale-Wade Academy towards the Mill Hill roundabout is set to be reduced from 40mph to 30mph.

However, the 60mph stretch of the road, where Mr Salter’s friends Dominic Iliffe, 24, and James Kiely, 27, were knocked down and killed by a speeding motorist as they walked home following a night in town in 2011, will remain the same.

In March 2010, 20-year-old cyclist Kristopher Dellaway died after a collision with a car on the same stretch.

Mr Salter said: “It’s fantastic news regarding the speed reduction on Wimblington Road, although this is no where near a success.

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“The campaign was to reduce the 60mph limit to a 40, not only to reduce the 40mph to a 30. The issue will still remain as long as a 60mph limit is in place.

“If the road was reduced from 60mph to 40mph a significant step would have been made to reducing the danger posed to those in the built up area and the entirety of Wimblington Road.

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“No fatalities have ever occurred on the 40mph stretch of road. However in recent years there have been three fatalities on the 60mph stretch of road near Mill Hill garage and multiple road traffic collisions.

“A reduction in the speed limit may cost money but how can you put a price on the lives of future loved ones that could be saved. Why is it that the original problem still remains?”

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