Cut killer speed limit on Spratsgate lane

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown stood next to Shaun Parsons (blue shirt) with staff and members of Waterland at the entrance to the centre near to where Robert Hoy collided with another car

Cut killer speed limit on Spratsgate lane

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Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Brendan McFadden
Wilts and Glos Standard by , Reporter

FOLLOWING the death of a popular sailing instructor as he drove to work at a Cotswold watersports centre, the Standard is this week launching a campaign to get the speed limit reduced on this dangerous narrow road.

Robert Hoy was involved in a head-on collision with another car as he turned his car into Waterland Outdoor Pursuits, on Spratsgate Lane near Cirencester at around 8am on June 25.

Spratsgate Lane, an unclassified C road, is narrowest from the Spine Road West to the Cotswold Country Park and Beach and the speed limit is the national limit of 60 mph.

Staff from the centre believe that Mr Hoy's death could have been prevented if the speed limit was 30mph.

They are now lobbying Gloucestershire County Council, responsible for the speed limit on the stretch of road, to reduce the speed limit to 30mph.

Also backing the campaign is county councillor Shaun Parsons, who has asked the council to cut the speed limit and instal speed reduction signs on Spratsgate Lane.

He explained that there was a comprehensive investigation being carried out by Gloucestershire Highways to identify any suitable measures which could effectively improve safety along the road.

“We do not think that just putting in a speed limit would achieve what we want to achieve," he said.

"It is a fairly rural area. The police wouldn't be able to enforce it. We need to put other measures in place too.”

Earlier this month Gloucestershire Highways representatives met with Waterland staff, who asked for speed reduction signs to be introduced as a temporary measure.

Peter Pendlebury, health and safety officer at Waterland, said the company would carry on the campaign to get the speed limit cut.

“If they are burying their heads in the sand and they think it is going to go away it is not. We are going to keep going until something positive is done.

“If they do not give something they are going to get heavily embarrassed.”

He is hoping for 5,000 people to sign an e-petition being launched this week.

During the period 2004 to 2013 there have been three serious injury collisions and three slight injury collisions on the Spratsgate Lane..

The county council said that as there was an investigation into the death of Robert Hoy it would be "inappropriate to speculate" at the moment.

To support this campaign, act now and contact the leader of Gloucestershire County Council Mark Hawthorne via his mark.hawthorne@gloucestershire.gov.uk email address

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11:51am Sat 2 Aug 14

The Cornish Northerner says...

I drive this road all the time, and I never see any cars drive the mentioned section of Spratsgate Lane at 60 mph. I have seen no evidence that this poor man's death was speed related, other than the opinion of staff at the water park.

However, I do know that a lower speed limit is one of the key components of a planning/zonal development proposal. Could this unfortunate man's death be used for political or financial purposes? Surely not.
I drive this road all the time, and I never see any cars drive the mentioned section of Spratsgate Lane at 60 mph. I have seen no evidence that this poor man's death was speed related, other than the opinion of staff at the water park. However, I do know that a lower speed limit is one of the key components of a planning/zonal development proposal. Could this unfortunate man's death be used for political or financial purposes? Surely not. The Cornish Northerner
  • Score: 2

12:27am Sun 3 Aug 14

safetyaware says...

I feel sincerely sorry for the family, friends and colleagues of Mr Hoy but it is always the same when somebody is killed or injured on our roads. The cry goes up - reduce the speed limit. It is not speed per say that causes these problems but an inappropriate speed for the conditions; that is down to drivers/riders. Speed limits only work if they are policed and enforced but if this is not carried through then people will ignore them. I doubt that anybody who has called for the reduction rigorously adheres to all the speed limits that they drive through, they will probably pick and choose the ones where there is a chance of being caught but make their own choice on others.
Unfortunately we never get a follow up with the results of the police investigation as to the actual cause of the incident.
What was the cause of the incident on the Cirencester bypass 18 months or so ago under the foot bridge? The same cry went up then - reduce the speed limit!
I feel sincerely sorry for the family, friends and colleagues of Mr Hoy but it is always the same when somebody is killed or injured on our roads. The cry goes up - reduce the speed limit. It is not speed per say that causes these problems but an inappropriate speed for the conditions; that is down to drivers/riders. Speed limits only work if they are policed and enforced but if this is not carried through then people will ignore them. I doubt that anybody who has called for the reduction rigorously adheres to all the speed limits that they drive through, they will probably pick and choose the ones where there is a chance of being caught but make their own choice on others. Unfortunately we never get a follow up with the results of the police investigation as to the actual cause of the incident. What was the cause of the incident on the Cirencester bypass 18 months or so ago under the foot bridge? The same cry went up then - reduce the speed limit! safetyaware
  • Score: 4

6:38pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Geoff66 says...

What happens when this road (Spratsgate Lane) will be utilised by the additional traffic created as a result of the New Chesterton Farm development accessing this road?

There could be up to 4,000 additional cars trying to access local roads, yet alone looking for different routes in and out of the town
What happens when this road (Spratsgate Lane) will be utilised by the additional traffic created as a result of the New Chesterton Farm development accessing this road? There could be up to 4,000 additional cars trying to access local roads, yet alone looking for different routes in and out of the town Geoff66
  • Score: 2

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