Huhne backs lower speed limits

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Chris Huhne, Eastleigh’s MP, has been backing local road safety issues now that his resignation from the cabinet as energy minister has left him with more time to spend on constituency matters.

The MP has appeared in a recent edition of the Lib Dem magazine ‘Focus’ calling for a reduction in the speed limit from 40 to 30 mph along Alan Drayton way.

Mr Huhne – who received a three month driving ban in 2003 and was said by his former wife to ‘drive like a bit of a maniac’ – has also called for speed limits to be reduced in Hamble following a fatal accident there last week.

The Echo has reported that Mr Huhne has called on the County Council to reduce the speed limit on Hamble Lane and that he was concerned at the amount of traffic on the road – a situation which is expected to worsen when gravel extraction commences at Hamble Airfield.

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  7 comments for “Huhne backs lower speed limits

  1. Peter Stewart
    March 12, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    I share the same concerns as Chris Huhne about road safety. However the LibDems support for an ill conceived (but well intentioned) local campaign to reduce the speed limit along Alan Drayton Way from 40 mph to 30 mph is a MAJOR error which, if they are not careful, will come back to haunt them.

    It cannot be emphasized strongly enough that the tragic fatal accident in Hamble Lane OCCURRED IN A 30 MPH LIMIT! I have been told (but this is NOT confirmed at this stage) that one or both lines of cars were stationary at the time.

    Regardless of the exact tragic circumstances, one thing is beyond doubt: This appalling accident occurred in a 30 MPH limit. I wonder if the signatories to the petition would have been so keen to sign had the facts of this recent tragedy been known to them. Those who fail to appreciate or admit the importance of this are in danger of creating a tragedy along Alan Drayton Way too.

    While I understand the sentiments behind this local petition to lower the speed limit, I must reiterate what I have said before, that to lower the speed limit BELOW the natural speed limit of any road is downright dangerous!

    There is a wealth of evidence to prove that when the speed limit is reduced unreasonably, road users, especially cyclists and pedestrians fail to appreciate the dangers posed by motor vehicles. Drivers also become bored and less alert. This is a perilous combination.

    I must stress that I am NOT suggesting that any of the above factors were involved in the recent accident in Hamble, which is so dreadful that one can only wonder why the world works the way it does sometimes. However the fact remains it occurred in a 30 mph limit.

    However what nobody would wish to see in Bishopstoke, is for Alan Drayton Way to become a 30 mph limit, only for there to be a fatal accident of the kind in Hamble.

    Those who argue that accidents have occurred in Alan Drayton Way therefore the speed limit should be reduced are failing to understand the unpredictable nature of road accidents. They are also failing to understand (or admit to themselves and others) that most of the accidents along the Eastleigh to Fair Oak road occur on the 30 mph stretches. If anyone doubts this, let them analyse the evidence which is available on line to show every accident of any significance along that (and every other) road.

    I urge all those involved in this campaign to reconsider and back down now before there is a tragedy on all fronts.

  2. maureen
    March 12, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Your article states that Huhne is calling for a reduction from 30 to 40………I wonder if this explains why he finds himself in his current predicament?!

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      March 13, 2012 at 10:19 am

      Cor blimey! There is an opening for the role of sub-editor – it’s yours if you want it!

      • maureen
        March 13, 2012 at 2:21 pm

        Thanks! Please post details of remuneration package; hols, pension etc. I’ll think it over! oh yes – and severance terms!!

        • mm
          Eastleigh Xpress
          March 13, 2012 at 2:29 pm

          I can offer identical terms & conditions to mine!

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