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Slow down in the town

By Jack Izzard on Thursday, 1st June 2000.

DRIVERS in Haverhill will have to slow down under new speed limits introduced in a bid to make the town’s roads safer.
The new limits, which are to come into force tomorrow, will make almost all of the town a 30mph zone.
All roads leading into the town will also have a new 30mph limit, except Cambridge Road, which is to have a 40mph limit for nearly half a mile.
The 60mph and 40mph limits on Ehringshausen Way, Helions Bumpstead Road, Lordscroft Lane, Sturmer Road, Witherfield Road and Haverhill Road in Little Wratting are all to be cut to 30mph.
The move comes after a survey carried out by St Edmundsbury Borough Council found residents backed plans to lower the speed limits in the residential areas of the town which did not already have a 30mph limit.
Steve Boor, special projects officer for the council, said: “There was overwhelming support for this idea from residents.
“By reducing the speed limit, we will reduce the risk of accidents happening as well as the severity of any which do.
“But the speed reduction scheme will also improve the quality of life for those people who live next to the roads affected.
“By reducing the speed of the traffic, people will feel safer and less threatened when using or crossing the road themselves.”
Coun Mike Brundle, chairman of the council’s Transport and Works Committee, said: “It is a known fact that lower speeds mean fewer accidents and less loss of life, so I hope that everyone will adhere to these new speed limits.”
The £10,000 cost of changing the current signs and adding additional ones needed to enforce the new limits is to be met by Suffolk County Council.

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