Villagers campaign for 30mph speed limit on dangerous stretch of Suffolk road

John Beckett and Virginia Storey are campaigning for speed reductions through the village of Blyford

John Beckett and Virginia Storey are campaigning for speed reductions through the village of Blyford near Halesworth. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Villagers are campaigning for speed reductions on a bendy stretch of a Suffolk road.

Residents of Blyford near Halesworth are campaigning for speed reductions through the village.
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Residents of Blyford near Halesworth are campaigning for speed reductions through the village. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

The B1123 at Blyford, which links the village's main area of housing with the Queen's Head pub and All Saints Church, is a busy thoroughfare connecting Halesworth to the A12 and Southwold.

Over the years there have been a number of accidents. Last month, a woman was hit by a car near the pub but fortunately was not seriously injured.

Villagers are concerned that it could take a serious crash before any action is taken.

John Beckett, one of the lead campaigners living in the village, said: 'Our concern is that it could take a fatal crash before anything is done.

Residents of Blyford near Halesworth are campaigning for speed reductions through the village.
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Residents of Blyford near Halesworth are campaigning for speed reductions through the village. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

'For many years residents have highlighted the safety issues from living alongside/nearby this road but these appear not to have been addressed in any substantive or meaningful way.

'You get motorists bombing into the village at 60mph past the Queen's Head pub before they finally reach a 30mph sign. Surely there should be one before you get to the pub.'

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There have been several meetings held over concerns in the village over the past two years.

Last year a survey was handed out to residents including those in nearby Wenhaston, with 45 replies received

Of which, 94pc of people believed that speeding was an issue in the village and 78pc believed the 30mph sign was ineffective.

Also 67pc of people said that a 30mph zone should be put in place from nearby Holton right through the village of Blyford to the pub.

Mr Beckett said: 'I understand it is a very busy thoroughfare especially in the summer time.

'But speed is a concern especially on a bendy stretch of road with people joining the road, and motorists coming around to find people backing onto their drives on the road.

'We also think there should be more or better footpaths and the presence of overweight lorries travelling through the village is also a concern.'

Before anything can be done villagers have been asked to record 'hard evidence' of speeding drivers through a Community Speedwatch Scheme.

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