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ONGAR: Call for 30 limit on A414

By This is Essex  |  Posted: January 27, 2009

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TOWN council chiefs are calling for an extended 30mph zone along a treacherous stretch of road.

The A414 Chelmsford Road has long been a serious concern for residents living just off the Four Wantz roundabout in Ongar who feel their lives are at constant risk from speeding motorists.

But now Ongar Town Council has requested that Essex County Council extends the 30mph zone from the Four Wantz roundabout to Mulberry House in High Ongar, a distance of about a mile.

The move has been welcomed by Chelmsford Road resident Peter Evans. He said: "If we are pulling out of the drive and turning right towards town it's dangerous. We might think it's fine but then there'll be a car overtaking another car coming in the opposite direction. It's such a fast road."

Neighbour Natalie Searle said: "It's about time they did something. A few months ago there were a couple of accidents within days of each other."

Husband Paul added: "They come off that roundabout and the accelerator goes right down to the floor. Motorbikes are the worse for it."

Deputy clerk for Ongar Town Council, Judith Cook, said: "The 30mph zone was extended towards Epping and we have asked for it to be extended on the Chelmsford Road too.

"There are always accidents on that road. It's particularly dangerous because you have residential turn-ins," she added.

However, Essex Police force's senior traffic management officer, Adam Pipe, is not convinced extending the 30mph limit would make the road safer.

"I don't feel simply lowering the limit would have any effect. The nature of that road is such that drivers would feel 30mph was not appropriate and would not comply," he said.

"It might be the case that more permanent engineering measures are needed."

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