Speed limit to be cut on A60 after petition

Gloria De Piero with Coun Steve Carroll and Simon and Janet Cappin, whose son Ben was hit by a car while crossing the road recently on the A60 by Harlow Wood.
Gloria De Piero with Coun Steve Carroll and Simon and Janet Cappin, whose son Ben was hit by a car while crossing the road recently on the A60 by Harlow Wood.

The speed limit on a main road out of Mansfield where two students were seriously hurt is set to be cut after a campaign by residents.

More than 500 people signed a petition calling for the speed limit to be lowered and more safety measures on a stretch of the A60, near Harlow Wood.

Now Nottinghamshire County Council is set to lower the speed limit from 50mph to 40 mph, as well as making bus shelters on the route more visible.

Councillor Steve Carroll, county council member for Sutton east, handed in a 599-name petition to the authority in November, and met transport chiefs along with parents and headteachers of nearby schools Portland Colleage and Fountaindale.

The campaign was also backed by Gloria De Piero, Ashfield MP.

Coun Carroll said: “It is really good news for us. This has been a constant sore for residents.

“They feel stressed about getting onto the A60 .

“We are trying to give students independence and they have to navigate a very busy road.

“The new measures will make their lives easier.”

“I would like to pay tribute to all the residents, particularly Janet Cappin, who organised residents’ meetings .

Ben, Mrs Cappin’s son, was hit by a car while crossing the road.

Coun Carroll said; “She rallied neighbours together and we put the proposals to the County Council .

“We had a lot of support from the principals of Fountaindale and Portland College. It is nice the council has listened to us and agreed something has to be done.

“I have an undertaking that the county council is going to be looking at bus shelters there and making sure there is enough room for people to stand and to make them more user friendly.

Ms De Piero said: “The A60 has seen some terrible accidents and near misses. Thanks to Harlow Wood resident Janet Cappin and Coun Carroll for all their hard work to reduce the speed limit.

“It’s great that hard work has paid off. “It is welcome news for local residents and the students at Portland Training College.”