Speed limit cut on Bubb Lane in Hedge End where Jimi McIndoe and Geoffrey Smith died

Jimi McIndoe

Jimi McIndoe

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Eastleigh Chief Reporter

COUNCIL chiefs have agreed to lower the speed limit on a Hampshire road where two motorists died in just nine months.

Experts say the 60mph limit currently in place on part of Bubb Lane, Hedge End, should be reduced to 50mph.

Highways bosses made the recommendation based on a number of factors including accident history, average speeds, the amount of development in the area and road length.

The route has been the site of two fatalities in recent years, including motorcyclist Jimi McIndoe and driver Geoffrey Smith.

Mr McIndoe, 37, who had three children and two step-children, was killed when his Yamaha bike collided with a tractor as it was emerging from a gateway in October 2010.

Mr Smith, a 64-year-old mechanic from West End, died after his Land Rover Discovery crashed into a tree in January the same year.

Now members of Hedge End, West End and Botley Local Area Committee have agreed to lower the speed limit.

One objection was received asking for the limit to be lowered even more – to 40mph.

But a report before councillors suggested that “setting a speed limit that is unrealistically low is likely to lead to poor compliance and be of little value without significant enforcement activity”.

It also states that speed surveys showed mean averages of 44.9mph and that Hampshire Constabulary would therefore not back a 40mph limit.

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10:26am Mon 18 Mar 13

Keith Peat says...

So the first accident was due to a tracker pulling out into the path of a motorcyclist, the other, it seems from the report a driver losing control from probably driving too fast, and where 'speeding', if present, was coincidental. So what was the CV of the 'experts' in this? Speeding wouldn't have been a factor in either of these accidents.

Good to see police actually having an input in this though, even if only in a mild way.
So the first accident was due to a tracker pulling out into the path of a motorcyclist, the other, it seems from the report a driver losing control from probably driving too fast, and where 'speeding', if present, was coincidental. So what was the CV of the 'experts' in this? Speeding wouldn't have been a factor in either of these accidents. Good to see police actually having an input in this though, even if only in a mild way. Keith Peat
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10:28am Mon 18 Mar 13

Keith Peat says...

Of course Tracker, was a typo for tractor.
Of course Tracker, was a typo for tractor. Keith Peat
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10:49am Mon 18 Mar 13

one in a million says...

Pointless gesture without the limit being policed effectively.
Pointless gesture without the limit being policed effectively. one in a million
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8:50pm Mon 18 Mar 13

carolroads says...

I travelled in that area on that day and I believed then that the crash was caused partially due to ice?
I travelled in that area on that day and I believed then that the crash was caused partially due to ice? carolroads
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9:57pm Mon 18 Mar 13

Keith Peat says...

carolroads wrote:
I travelled in that area on that day and I believed then that the crash was caused partially due to ice?
In which case the accident was due to being 'too fast' on ice, and not 'speeding'. Of course with Black Ice the driver may not have realised it was there.
[quote][p][bold]carolroads[/bold] wrote: I travelled in that area on that day and I believed then that the crash was caused partially due to ice?[/p][/quote]In which case the accident was due to being 'too fast' on ice, and not 'speeding'. Of course with Black Ice the driver may not have realised it was there. Keith Peat
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