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AXMINSTER: Young mothers press for 30 mph limit in village

Thursday, 03 April 2014

Three determined women are pressing for a further speed reduction on the A35 through Kilmington.
The speed limit was lowered from 60mph to 50mph a few years ago - but Emma Styles, Vikki Hillier and Kelly Sandford-Smith wants a 30mph speed limit.
To try to achieve their aim, they have set up an online petition, having amassed 150 signatures so far.
The petition will close in early June and be taken to Devon County Council (DCC).
It is hoped DCC will agree and help the trio convince The Highways Agency that the speed reduction is needed.
The Highways Agency has already committed to improve the nearby Hunters Lodge junction.
Vikki said: “I think it [the Hunters Lodge project] can only help our case.
“They have obviously seen there are problems along the road.”
The three campaigners all think that the reduction to 50mph has made no difference at all, saying: “We don’t think 50mph says ‘danger or potential hazard ahead’.
“The Kilmington Cross junction is extremely dangerous.
“Whether you are a motorist passing through the village, a resident, a cyclist or a pedestrian, the visibility is poor and the speed limit of 50 miles per hour is far too high.
“We believe that there is an urgent need for the Highways Agency to review this junction and we are asking DCC to assist us to raise this with them.”
The precise wording of the petition is: “We, the undersigned, call on Devon County Council to highlight to the Highways Agency the need for a 30mph speed limit and a pedestrian crossing on the A35 Kilmington.
“We want to make the Kilmington Cross junction much safer for all its users.”
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