Campaign for traffic calming gains support

Lammas Leas Road in Market Rasen
Lammas Leas Road in Market Rasen

Calls for traffic calming measures to be introduced to improve safety in a Market Rasen street have won the backing of town councillors.

Residents living in Lammas Leas Road petitioned the council to take action to cut the speed of vehicles using the road, reduce traffic flow and improve parking arrangements on the narrow street.

Having consulted 100 households in the area, Market Rasen Town Council is now seeking to meet with Lincolnshire County Council Highways and Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership to discuss proposals.

Mayor Steve Bunney said: “It would seem to me we need to call in Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership on behalf of these residents.

“Currently, the feedback we have here is a good basis. I think we should take some photos of the parking issues and the junction where we fell there is a problem and call a meeting with them, LCC and residents.”

About half of the residents who responded during the consultation thought speed bumps would improve 
the road, but not alleviate traffic cutting through from Linwood Road to Willingham Road.

Another concern raised by residents was the dangerous turning out of Lammas 
Leas Road onto Linwood 

A mini-roundabout was one suggestion to improve safety, a one-way system another, although this was disregarded by councillors.

At a previous meeting of the council Lammas Leas Road resident Anne Chaplain said the street was becoming “like a racetrack.”

She added: “There is only a pavement on one side of the road and school children use it to cut through and people use it as a route to Tesco.

“Certainly the road 
would benefit from traffic calming.”

But, Coun Martin 
Harvey warned his fellow members that they should not be to quick too jump in with specific traffic calming measures.

He said: “I do not think we have the right skill set 
to specify exactly what we want.

“We should go to Lincolnshire Road Safety and say ‘what would you recommend?’