Swineshead

Councillors have approved the reduction of a speed limit on a dangerous section of the A52 in Swineshead in an attempt to improve safety.

Lincolnshire County Council’s Planning and Regulation Committee gave the go-ahead on Monday for officers to take the speed between the staggered crossroads at The Drayton and Blackjack Road from 60mph to 50mph.

A report before councillors said there had been six reported injury accidents in the area in the past five years, including two fatalities.

A number of objections to the plans had called for the speed to be reduced further and extended to the nearby roundabout.

However, officers the reductions had to be ones “the majority of drivers will see as reasonable and therefore adhere to”.

Boston Borough Council leader and Coastal Ward Councillor Paul Skinner said he fully supported the improvement.

“Although it’s not as much as what the residents would really like, it’s either that or we site a skip on the corner of the road at this time of year,” he said.

“Anything we can do in making a reduction, I support.”

Officers said the proposed speed limit complied with policies and would improve safety.

In September, 2018, James Hurley, of Surfleet, died after pulling out of The Drayton and into the path of a lorry.

In November of that year a 20-year-old man died following a crash involving a lorry and a car full of people. Four others were injured during the incident.

March 13, 2022 10.22 am

We are saddened to confirm a 19-year-old man has died after a collision on the A17 at Swineshead Bridge.

We were called to the scene of the crash involving a horsebox and a Mercedes at around 7am this morning.

Sadly, the driver of the Mercedes has passed away. Next of kin have been informed and our thoughts are with his family and friends.

The road is closed and will remain so for a significant amount of time. Motorists should avoid the area well into the afternoon.

We are now appealing for any witnesses to come forward who have may have seen the collision or the moments before.

If you were there or have dash cam footage that may help us in our investigation, please get in touch.

You can contact us in several different ways –

  • By calling 101 quoting incident number 94 on 13/03/22.
  • By emailing [email protected] quoting incident number 94 on 13/03/22.
  • If you wish to remain anonymous, you can report via the independent charity CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111 or online.

A dangerous section of the A52 in Swineshead could see its speed limit reduced in an attempt to tackle issues.

Lincolnshire County Council’s Planning and Regulation Committee will be asked on Monday to approve a move to take the speed between the staggered crossroads at The Drayton and Blackjack Road from 60mph to 50mph.

A report before councillors said there had been six reported injury accidents in the area in the past five years, including two fatalities.

In September, 2018, James Hurley, of Surfleet, died after pulling out of The Drayton and into the path of a lorry.

In November of that year a 20-year-old man died following a crash involving a lorry and a car full of people. Four others were injured during the incident.

The report highlights a number of objections to the plans, which call for it to be reduced further and extended to the nearby roundabout.

However, it said it needed to balance the reductions with one “the majority of drivers will see as reasonable and therefore adhere to”.

“Limits set too low may lead to driver frustration and injudicious overtaking as highly inconsistent vehicle speeds make it difficult to judge the speed of oncoming vehicles,” said the report.

“The proposed 50mph speed limit at this location complies with the criteria set out in the council’s speed limit policy,” it added.

“It is anticipated the road safety along this section of the A52 will be improved, in particular at the staggered junctions with The Drayton and Blackjack Road, where a number of road traffic collisions have occurred.”

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