Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Speeding drivers treat our high street like a race track

SPEEDING traffic has turned Wargrave high street into a “race track”, say residents.

The road, which has a 30mph speed limit, is a busy route between Henley and Twyford and locals have spoken out against “dangerous” drivers.

They are worried vehicles going too fast through the village and and jumping traffic lights could lead to a fatality if nothing changes.

Richard Janes, of High Street, is so concerned he has contacted police, the borough council and parish councillors but despite agreeing with him, nothing has been done.

Mr Janes, 52, who works in construction and has lived in the village for 12 years, said: “Speeding and red light jumping has always been a problem in High Street but incidents seem to have increased significantly over recent months. It’s all types of vehicle and drivers, both through traffic and, most concerning, people who live in the village.

“I perhaps should also mention the commuters, who have total disregard for the speed limit down Station Road as well. The police have speed cameras on the Wargrave Road in Twyford where there’s a clear view down the road but here in Wargrave nothing is ever done.”

Mr Janes says the narrow road on High Street makes it more dangerous for pedestrians and residents.

He said: “Many houses have doors that open virtually on to the street and there are many pedestrians who use the narrow pavements as well as children who cycle along the High Street. It is surely only a matter of time before a serious, or even fatal, accident occurs.

“It is like a race track early morning, I do encourage people to slow down by use of hand gestures. I am seriously concerned that someone is going to get killed.”

Mr Janes says he is happy with the current 30mph speed limit on the road but would like to see it enforced or a flashing sign erected to remind motorists.

He said: “If the 30mph speed limit is adhered to it would be fine, but it isn’t. It’s through traffic but also Wargrave residents and nobody wants to do anything about it. A flashing sign reminding people of the speed limit is all it needs. I’ve written to the police, parish council and borough but nobody is interested.

“Throughout the area we have seen speed reductions or enforcement measures yet in potentially one of the most dangerous areas, we get nothing.” Hannah Young, who lives in High Street with her husband Paul and their two daughters, added that it’s not just motorists who cause problems.

She said: “I’ve opened my front door and nearly been knocked over by cyclists on the path jumping the lights.

“What can be done? That’s a very good question because Wargrave is a pretty village and you don’t want to put lights and signs up everywhere. I’d welcome spot checks by police where people speed to make the lights.”

In August, a man was taken to hospital after his car overturned in High Street. Witnesses said the Ford Fiesta ended up on its roof after colliding with a Mini parked on the road. The driver, who was in his seventies, was treated for minor injuries at the scene before being taken by ambulance to the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading.

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