by Jill Hope on 8 January, 2012
I’m pleased to hear that the county council will be cutting the speed limit from the current 70mph to 50mph. This will apply to the entire length of Danes Camp Way from the Mereway roundabout to its junction with Upton Way and the A43 towards the M1 and Towcester.
It’s not before time – there are three dangerous junctions on this road, first at the roundabout with Hunsbury Hill Road, where many near misses have been reported to your FOCUS team over the years.
Next the junction with Ladybridge Drive, where the poor lighting on the junction makes accessing the slip road even more dangerous than before. Traffic trying to join Danes Camp Way from Ladybridge Drive has always had to play ‘Russian Roulette’ with cars hurtling down the hill towards them at 70mph. If you join the dual carriageway from Ladybridge Drive and want to get across to the right hand lane to turn right at the roundabout at the bottom of the hill you have to cross 4 lanes of traffic, with cars coming up fast behind you – not an easy manouevre.
There’s a third junction with Rothersthorpe Road. This carries a lot of slow vehicles from the industrial area in Far Cotton which then meet accelerating traffic from the Hunsbury Hill roundabout.
Finally, the roundabout itself with Upton Way is a difficult one with lots of traffic changing lanes at the last minute.
Your former Lib Dem councillors have asked for this speed limit reduction repeatedly. It is good to see that years and years of nagging finally paid off. Let’s hope the revised speed limit will be enforced, once the ‘settling down’ period is over.1 Comment