Crash revives village pleas for ‘30’ speed limit to be extended

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THE speed limit at a village junction will be reviewed after a crash in which three people were trapped.

Lackford Parish Council has for years wanted the 30mph speed limit extended beyond a blind bend on the A1101. Its chairman Steven Jones said Saturday’s accident proved them right.

Police said a silver Toyota Celica and a red Volkswagen Passat were in collision just before 2pm near the Old Bury Road junction.

Fire crews spent nearly 45 minutes freeing three people. Two went to West Suffolk Hospital by road and a third was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, by air ambulance. None of the injuries was life-changing.

Mr Jones said: “We’ve been telling the highways authorities this would happen. This could have been the school bus, which emerges from that junction”

Drivers on the A1101 from Bury St Edmunds see the village sign, go through an S-bend and pass the right turn to the main village, before entering the 30 limit. The parish, which has offered to pay, wants the 30 limit extended to the village sign.

“They come round a blind bend to where someone may be stopped to turn right,” Mr Jones said. “Two cars can legally be approaching each other there at 60mph.”

He said the last request was refused due to a lack of ‘visible roadside premises’, though nearby Flempton’s limit was extended with no roadside premises.

County highways portfolio holder Guy McGregor said: “Safety and lives are of paramount importance and what you’ve drawn to my attention appears to be an anomaly.”

He said he would speak to the parish council and the ward councillor Rebecca Hopfensperger, who is away, and review the situation there.

The police want to hear from anyone who saw the accident or the cars beforehand. Contact PC Tim Murgatroyd at Bury St Edmunds Road Policing Unit on 101.