New interactive signs aim to tackle speeding in village

Coun Iain Elliott, chairman of Longhorsley Parish Council, and Coun Glen Sanderson with one of the speed signs in Longhorsley. Picture by Jane Coltman

Coun Iain Elliott, chairman of Longhorsley Parish Council, and Coun Glen Sanderson with one of the speed signs in Longhorsley. Picture by Jane Coltman

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New interactive signs mean that motorists will be alerted to the speed limits, regardless from which direction they approach Longhorsley.

Three new interactive signs have been installed on the northern, eastern and western entrances into the village to join the one on the southern entrance that was installed two years ago.

“The village suffers from speeding drivers,” said county councillor Glen Sanderson, who supplied the £14,000 needed through his members’ small schemes allowance.

“We hope these will make a difference, specially as we head towards the likely increased traffic once the A1 dualling begins in due course.

“Speed surveys have shown that despite the existing calming measures, traffic regularly exceeds speed limits.”

Coun Iain Elliott, chairman of Longhorsley Parish Council, said: “People who are not used to the place will take heed and they are generally regarded as quite successful.

“This solution, we believe, is the best for Longhorsley. The one on South Road (the A697) has been effective.

“We believe they are a good idea and we are very appreciative for them. We are very grateful to Glen supporting them out of his budget. It’s not something a parish council could afford to do.”

The project came about after residents were opposed to initial proposals to introduce 20mph limits on the eastern and western entrances to the village, which was not possible on the A697 anyway.