Cambs County Council set to approve plan to cut speed limit at entrance to Little Downham

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Cambridgeshire County Council is to press ahead with plans to cut the speed limit at the entrance to Little Downham.

Little Downham Parish Council applied to the county council, in June, to cut the 40mph speed limit on an 800-metre stretch of the B1411, Ely Road, down to 30mph.

The parish council said the move would protect residents and would make the entrance to the village much safer.

According to county council statistics, the B1411 saw nine minor crashes, two serious collisions and one fatal crash from 2008–2012.

There was also a fatal crash on the road in 2013 involving 23-year-old mother-of-one, Dawn Healy.


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After a six-week consultation, the council received three objections to the plan from Little Downham residents, who said changing the speed limit would be a waste of money.

One objector told the council: “A 30mph speed limit will not be self-enforcing on the length of road proposed.”

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Another said: “If this speed limit is changed it will be a retrograde step costing a lot of money and achieving very little.”

County council traffic manager Richard Lumley said that the move would help to slow cars down entering the village.

The final decision rests with the county council’s highways and community infrastructure committee, which meets next Tuesday.

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