Letter highlights Lutterworth speed limits dilemma

Leicestershire County Council wants to increase the speed limit on sections of Brookfield Way and Coventry Road in Lutterworth from 30mph to 40mph
Leicestershire County Council wants to increase the speed limit on sections of Brookfield Way and Coventry Road in Lutterworth from 30mph to 40mph

A proposal by County Hall highways bosses to increase the speed limit on sections of Lutterworth’s north-western ring-road has brought an angry response from some local residents.

Leicestershire County Council wants to increase the speed limit on sections of Brookfield Way and Coventry Road in Lutterworth from 30mph to 40mph.

The council, supported by the police, says the change would improve traffic flow and the usefulness of the roads.

But in a letter to the council, objectors spearheaded by Lutterworth residents Jonathan and Katherine Wall, say: “The increased speed limit will result in a time saving of only 18 seconds.

“This is hardly an improvement of public amenity and surely can’t be justified against the increased severity of any accident.

“Do we have to wait until somebody is seriously injured or killed until this trade-off is properly considered?”

Residents say traffic calming measures should be used on the two roads instead.

And they add that the speed limits for some town roads should actually be lowered – to 30mph. They suggest the lower limit for Leicester Road, Bill Crane Way, Bitteswell Road, Coventry Road and Brookfield Way.

Lutterworth’s mayor Cllr Philip Toye told the Mail that on this occasion Lutterworth Town Council had decided to listen to the experts from the county council and police.

He said: “We would never, never, never put the smooth flow of traffic ahead of the safety of local people.

“But there are insufficient properties coming onto that road to warrant a 30mph speed limit.”

He said the town council will look to monitor the situation.

And he added: “What Lutterworth really needs is a north-south bypass, but it isn’t going to happen, because we haven’t got billions of pounds to do it.”