Demand to cut speeding on busy A29

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ACTION to cut speeding on a busy Shripney road has been demanded.

The area’s police community support officer Geoff Gear was told by residents something needed to be done about the bad driving down the 40mph section of the A29 Shripney Road between the duel carriageway and the Robin Hood pub.

PCSO Gear told a residents’ surgery on Monday: “I know speeding is a problem that a lot of you are concerned about and rightly so it is an important issue.

“In June and July of last year rubber speed strips were placed across the road.

“They found the average speed in the morning was 48.5mph and in the afternoon it was 41.6mph.”

Residents voiced concerns the strip had been placed near the junction with Shripney Lane, which meant cars turning out of the road would be going slowly, confusing the readings.

PCSO Gear said the police could not control where the speed strips were placed as it was the responsibility of West Sussex County Council highways.

Bersted parish councillor Peter Allsopp, who chaired the meeting said: “We have to act. There is a problem and we do not want to see another fatality on that road. One is one too many.”

There was a crash on the road in 2012 which cost a young man his life. In 2013, there were a further four reported collisions and so far this year, there have been two.

Cllr Allsopp asked the 25 residents gathered if they would like to see a speed camera on the road. This was unanimously agreed. There was also a suggestion the duel carriageway should be reduced to a single lane.

PCSO Gear said he would see if a static or mobile speed camera could be used along the stretch.