Reduced speed limit not appropriate for A505 Odsey junction say police

PUBLISHED: 10:27 15 October 2009 | UPDATED: 16:09 11 May 2010

POLICE do not believe reducing the speed limit at a notorious junction would be appropriate. Campaigners have been calling for a 50mph buffer zone to be installed around the Odsey junction on the A505. Currently the speed limit for the area is 70mph, b

POLICE do not believe reducing the speed limit at a notorious junction would be appropriate.

Campaigners have been calling for a 50mph "buffer zone" to be installed around the Odsey junction on the A505.

Currently the speed limit for the area is 70mph, but concerned local people, led by Steeple Morden parish council and county councillor Linda Oliver, believe this limit is too high, and that it has led to a spate of accidents in the area.

But in a report to the North Hertfordshire highways partnership joint member panel, a statement from Hertfordshire Police said there is no evidence to suggest that "excess speed is a problem."

The statement says: "I would suggest a traffic survey is required to confirm existing traffic conditions, but in the absence of evidence to suggest excess speed is a problem at this location, 70mph appears to be the most appropriate speed restriction for this section of road."

Following a consultation with the Herts Safety Camera Partnership, the report also suggests that safety cameras, installed in 2007, would have to be removed.

Highways officer Richard Jones, author of the report, said: "If the speed limit was reduced and the cameras remained, the partnership would be open to accusations of money making. In such circumstances it would not be possible to justify keeping the cameras."

The joint member panel will consider the report when it meets next Monday.

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