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Pinch point plan in bid to stop speeding drivers racing into village

Ross Crawford 20th May, 2018

FED-UP residents in Sambourne are taking action to stop motorists speeding into their village.

An action group has been formed by the parish council, they are organising a community speed watch programme and also starting to fund-raise to install pinch points or chicanes on the approaches to the village.

“It’s supposed to be 30mph but they can come along Middletown Lane at up 60mph – it’s absolutely lethal,” said Coun Peter Joynes.

“There’s no footpath, no lighting and it’s really dangerous.”

Residents say they recognise the village is a cut-through for traffic travelling between Studley, Astwood Bank and Coughton and, while they cannot do much about the volume of cars, they can act to reduce their speed.

They also fear for cyclists as the road is also a recognised Sustrans cycle route.

“We did a traffic count and we averaged 250 vehicles an hour coming through here between 7am and 9am,” said Coun Joynes.

“It may not be the M6 but that’s a lot of cars travelling along narrow lanes at speed.”

The parish council formed a speeding awareness team in November.

“We’re going through the police to set up a community speed watch group but it’s also our intention to raise money ourselves and get some pinch points installed to slow the traffic down,” said Coun Joynes.

“We get a lot of horse riders around here and just at the entrance to the village one horse lost its footing and stepped out just as a guy in a BMW came round the corner and, can you believe it, he sounded his horn at the rider. Utter madness,” said Coun Joynes.

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