New speed limit zone in Eye gets go ahead
The mayor of Eye has welcomed the go ahead for a 20mph zone in town.
The zone would be marked with a coloured road surface and entered from Lambseth Street, Hoxne Road, Church Road, Welling Street and Magdalen Street.
Work is planned to start later in the coming months, along with changes to parking regulation enforcement.
Townsfolk have been calling for a speed limit reduction for years, but the implementation of a traffic regulation order has since been delayed.
County councillor Guy McGregor, who has been working towards the scheme, said: “This issue has had a long gestation period, but we think we have overcome the final hurdle, which was a safety audit.
“There were some modifications that had to get approved as the audit results caused the road engineers to modify the plans. These have now passed the road safety test.”
The campaign to impose a reduced speed limit has been on-going since 2013.
A campaign group called 20s Plenty for Eye has led calls for a 20mph limit, with a petition gaining more than 1,200 signatures.
Town mayor Jane Hudson said this week: “It’s been very frustrating and Mr McGregor has worked very hard on our behalf.
“We are very pleased and looking forward to it as it will make a difference and control the traffic in Eye.”
The zone is planned for this spring and a possible one-way system is currently being discussed.
Mr McGregor said: “There are issues around access and damage to properties and it may be time to give some consideration to whether a one-way system may be more appropriate.
“The work is likely to be this year because parking regulations are also being transferred from the police to the district council, so all the traffic regulation orders are being checked by the county council as we speak to make sure they are compliant.”