MP backs campaign to stop speeding drivers on ‘rat-run’ road

RAT RUN -- campaigning resident Kate Rose on Main Road, Jacksdale with Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero.
RAT RUN -- campaigning resident Kate Rose on Main Road, Jacksdale with Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero.

Speeding drivers could cause a major accident in a quiet Ashfield village, alarmed residents have warned.

Main Road, Jacksdale has been branded a dangerous ‘rat run’ by campaigners who have reached the end of their tether.

Now one of the residents, Kate Rose, has met with Ashfield’s Labour MP, Gloria De Piero, in the hope that action is taken before someone is critically hurt.

“It terrifies me that there will be a serious accident before long,” said Kate, who lives on Main Road.

“The main problem is that the road goes from a 30mph limit to a 40mph limit and then back down to 30mph, so it’s confusing.

“Cars end up whizzing down here and, to make matters worse, the road markings have all but disappeared in places.

“I take my dog out each morning, and I see no end of dangerous overtaking.”

Ms De Piero has already raised a safety alert with Nottinghamshire police in a bid to ensure they are aware of the problems. As a result, an officer has been allocated to look into the speeding allegations.

“This is an issue that isn’t going to go away,” said the MP. “You only have to look at the road to see that, at the very least, the markings need re-doing.

“I have primised Kate that I will keep up the pressure and, hopefully, the authorities will take on board some of her concerns.”

Ms De Piero has also been in touch with highways bosses at Nottinghamshire County Council and urged them to send out workers to inspect the road markings and signage, and carry out any necessary improvement work.

Meanwhile Mrs Rose and her neighbours have signed up to the Community Speed Watch scheme, whereby they will monitor traffic travelling up and down the road to expose any breaches of the speed limit.