Council reviews cutting speed limit on hazardous Lincolnshire road

Lincolnshire County Council has agreed to look at the possibilities of reducing speeds on a road that has villagers “frightened to death.”

Several serious incidents have occurred on the B1188 between Metheringham and Dunston and residents say crashes occur on an almost weekly basis.

Just two weeks ago, a notorious bend known as Waynham Hollow claimed the life of a 77-year-old Lincolnshire woman who was the passenger in a car involved in a collision with a lorry.

Grandmother Yvonne Bayliss, who lives in a bungalow at Dunston Top, became so frightened at crossing the road on her mobility scooter that she started a petition, calling for reduced speeds and improved signage.

Hundreds of villagers have supported her efforts over the past six months, with 411 residents signing her petition.

In response to Yvonne’s campaign, a site visit was held on Friday, January 22, which saw highways officials from Lincolnshire County Council inspect the stretch of road and listen to the concerns of villagers.

Lincolnshire County Councillor Richard Davies. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Lincolnshire County Councillor Richard Davies. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Councillor Richard Davies, Executive Member for Highways, said: “From meeting on-site with local residents and the parish council we have agreed to undertake a couple of actions.

“We are going to survey the speed of motorists at this location which will tell us if lowering the speed limit would help to keep everyone safe.

“While we await the results of this we will review the existing signage and road markings to help improve driver awareness of the hazards, including the likelihood of pedestrians crossing.”