Signs put up for new speed limit between Great Cornard and Bures

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Signs have gone up for a new speed limit between Great Cornard and Bures in a bid to reduce speeding and accidents.

Motorists will now be restricted to 40mph when travelling between the two villages, including a stretch at Stocks Corner – an accident black spot.

Writer Sarah Griffin has been part of a community campaign to get the limit reduced and was delighted to see the signs go up.

The 49-year-old Bures Road resident said: “It has been a community effort by people in the village, led by the parish council and with the support of the county council and Suffolk Police.

“In recent years, the B1508 has been used as a high-speed rat run to Colchester, affecting the safety of other road users and the quality of life of people who live along it.

“Speeding is a notoriously difficult problem to solve, so we hope our success in Little Cornard will give hope and encouragement to other rural communities blighted by similarly selfish drivers.”

Efforts to get the limit reduced started about three years ago.

Residents felt that the extension of the 30mph limit from Great Cornard towards Bures and the introduction of a section of 40mph actually made drivers go faster in the 60mph zones.

Stocks Corner has been highlighted as particularly dangerous, with frequent accidents due to the blind corner, debris in the road and its unusual camber, often causing cars to go up the bank and roll.

Mrs Griffin said this portion of the road saw an accident roughly every six weeks.

Campaigners have been promised speed camera vans on the new limit to help police the zone.

Suffolk county councillor for highways and transport announced the limit changes in November after two accidents took place on Stocks Corner within a week.

Council leader Colin Noble said: “The speed limit has been put in place to address road safety issues on this section of road. It comes into force legally on Friday.”