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Thousands of motorists caught speeding on "race track" road near Cheltenham

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: December 10, 2012

TAKING ACTION:   Cotswold District councillor Paul Hodgkinson  on   the A436 between Andoversford and Bourton, with  No Crash  members

TAKING ACTION: Cotswold District councillor Paul Hodgkinson on the A436 between Andoversford and Bourton, with No Crash members

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STARTLING figures reveal the extent of speeding on a dangerous road near Cheltenham.

Data collected along the A436, between the Air Balloon roundabout and Bourton-on-the-Water, show 92,000 out of 250,000 motorists – 37 per cent – broke the speed limit. Some were travelling at more than 130mph – nearly triple the speed limit.

Residents and councillors have formed an action group called North Cotswolds Rural area Against Speeding Harm (No Crash) to raise awareness of the problem.

After seeing the worrying statistics, they have called on police to take a tougher approach to stop people using the route as a race track.

The survey shows that the worst speeding spot was near the Old restaurant with the maximum speeds recorded at 121 westbound and 136 eastbound in a 50mph zone.

Cotswold District councillor Paul Hodgkinson (LD, Churn Valley), who is chairman of the action group, said: "These figures underline the extent of the problem. While some spots show the average speeds recorded were within the limit, they also show just how many people ignore it.

"We always knew that speeding was a real issue, not just perception. Now, we are asking for regular action over the long term to promote road safety."

Data for the survey was collected at six points along the road in October and November, which has been notorious for accidents in recent years.

The equipment used to monitor speeds could not log licence plates, so drivers who were recorded breaking the limit by the sensors on the road will not be prosecuted.

The action group is planning to meet Gloucestershire Highways chiefs in the New Year to discuss possible changes to the stretch of road.

Among its demands is a 50mph limit from Seven Springs to Whiteshoots Hill, Bourton-on-the-Water and a 40mph limit from the Air Balloon roundabout to the Cowley-Ullenwood junction.

Gloucestershire Highways manager Jason Humm said: "We constantly review our highest priority roads across the county and are happy to discuss the group's concerns."

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  • MarkGlos  |  December 18 2012, 11:12AM

    If 37% are speeding I don't see the logic in making the speed limits lower. That is just inconveniencing the law abiding citizens, and doing nothing to stop those who are breaking the law.

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  • c0tsw0ldl4d  |  December 17 2012, 6:15PM

    Hmmm I question the 136mph what the heck was the car? Most non super cars are limited to 155mph and it's hard to do even on a track. I'm sure speeding is an issue but more of an issue is the wrong speed being applied to a road. Motorways with 40mph limits (sorry that's not a motorway) Dual carrigeways with 50mph when the only reason is that there's a camera. If the speed limt reflected the road more people would stick to it. Most of the roads in Warwickshire that used to be National Speed limit are now 50mph no wonder more people are caught. cars are safer but limits still fall. less than 5% of rta's involve speeding, (goverments own figures) which means 95% are caused by other things Phones smoking talking to your deaf gran drink etc

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  • Aldertonian  |  December 14 2012, 12:40PM

    just yesterday someone from Winchcombe advised me that on the "dip" between the Hobnails and the Petrol Station, they were overtaken but hadnt seen a car coming the other way due to the dip. Today I saw a white merc pedal to metal overtake 5 (yes FIVE) cars when we were coming back from Tewkesbury - coming towards us (he was coming from Teddington roundabout towards the traffic lights on turn to Bredon. I am beginning to feel that the police and road safety people run a nationwide campaign to try to educate people to drive safely within the speed limit

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  • safeandnice  |  December 13 2012, 10:11PM

    As I said its a double edged sword Driving back and forth along any road over time you'll see loads of incidents that but for foresight and action end up as near misses. Its all to do with being human. We make mistakes, we allow for others mistakes. That doesnt mean we cant do anything about it, we can minimise what leads to mistakes. If a lower limit can lead to complacency and higher mistakes, why lower it? The opening piece says 'startling figures reveal the extent of speeding on a dangerous road' If 92,000 people are safely exceeding the speed limit, someone should question is it too low? If it was raised would that remove most of the speeding figures? On the other hand if the road is dangerous, where are the accidents? If returning the limit stops NoCrash putting all their efforts to worrying about 92,000 safe drivers and instead allows NoCrash to concentrate on where the road is dangerous isnt that a good thing? NoSpeed or NoCrash?

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  • Aldertonian  |  December 12 2012, 11:08PM

    the only time we get to hear of a crash is if it fatal or a serious crash that blocks a road etc. Driving back and forth along the B4077 myself and other residents of the village see loads of incidents that but for their foresight and action end up as near misses. Residents along the road at Frampton Cottages regularly get treated to foul and abusive language by clowns overtaking them as they attempt to turn into their drives. Pulling out of their drives is an art form given the dip in the road to the west (towards the petrol station). We are one action group fighting for safer roads for OUR residents, there are countless others - we all cant be wrong in expecting a clamp down on dangerous driving

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  • Desenchanter  |  December 12 2012, 6:51PM

    Tishwash - So even slower now, still think someone is lying, if a motorist can't handle 'loose chippings' at 15mph they should not be on the road, sorry but I doubt any surface (apart from ice) is that bad that it requires sub 15mph motorbikes" The accident happened on the B4077 coming down the hill towards Stanway which also had the tar and chippings treatment. If you had any experience on 2 wheels, you would appreciate that a loose surface like this is dangerous at anything above walking pace when you have 300kg of motorcycle pushing it down hill. It is easily as dangerous as ice or snow if the chippings are deep enough. Try sticking to subjects you understand in future, and people won't draw the conclusion that you are talking out of your behind......

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  • safeandnice  |  December 12 2012, 1:08PM

    It's a double edged sword. If you have a junction in say 40mph limit you might get drivers saying 'that gap looks big enough, I'll pull out, they can slow down'. In a 60 limit they'd probably wait for a bigger gap. Guess which limit youre more likely to have an accident. But the opposite usually holds for severity. Do you go for increased accidents a few of which will be severe or few accidents of which most will be severe? What has In the end it seems 60 works out best for most roads except where there is development and people want a lower limit (but not too low or see above). At accident hotspots you can find out whats going wrong there and fix it. Which is why NoCrash efforts seem to have been hijacked by a speed limit. NoCrash or Nospeed?

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  • tishwash  |  December 11 2012, 8:26PM

    @Aldertonian - speed at impact may, but otherwise the excess speed may mean that they're not there at the time of the accident :)

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  • tishwash  |  December 11 2012, 8:25PM

    p.s. why didn't they claim then ?

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  • tishwash  |  December 11 2012, 8:24PM

    @Desenchanter "They caused an accident in front of me to a motorcyclist who was only doing 15mph" So even slower now, still think someone is lying, if a motorist can't handle 'loose chippings' at 15mph they should not be on the road, sorry but I doubt any surface (apart from ice) is that bad that it requires sub 15mph motorbikes

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