New safety drive on Rainworth road

THE brakes could be put on motorists travelling into Rainworth from the A614 if a new speed restriction to make the road safer is given the green light.

Highways bosses want to extend a 40mph limit on Mansfield Road from Westbrook Drive to past the iron bridge to slow down drivers entering the village from the White Post roundabout.

Villagers and community leaders hope the move will make it safer for motorists and pedestrians who use the Westbrook Drive junction.

Said Rainworth parish councillor, Linda Tift: “There have been a lot of accidents, some of them fatal, near this junction over the years.

“The problem is by the time they (drivers) get to the iron bridge or Tipping’s Wood they are still doing 60mph.

“It is a junction very much used by children crossing to go to school.”

Twenty-two-year-old Mansfield man James Roberts was killed in 2008 when his Hyundai Coupe hit a lamp-post and brick bus shelter after aqua-planing through a pool of water near the iron bridge and Westbrook Drive.

A police officer who spoke at his inquest said the speed limit on the section of road should be reduced.

Coun Tift said she was glad Nottinghamshire County Council was listening to villagers’ concerns.

She added: “We will try to get the reduction from 40 to 30 down to the village.”

A county council spokesman said the proposal was part of a countywide review of speed limits and will go out to consultation with police, emergency services and parish councils - as well as the public.

If the proposed speed reduction is given the go ahead, work would not begin until March.