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Council to discuss A31 speed limit rejection
COUNCILLORS will discuss their response to roads minister Stephen Hammond’s decision not to reduce the speed limit on one of Hampshire’s busiest roads on Friday.
The 70mph to 50mph proposal for the A31 was rejected last month in favour of improved signs, which the Highways Agency says will be installed on the notorious four-mile stretch of road around Ringwood next year.
The minister’s letter will be considered by the Ringwood Town Council’s planning, town and environment committee before a response is agreed by the full council at the end of the month.
Figures released by Hampshire police detail the causes of the 193 serious and minor collisions between Picket Post and Ashley Heath from January 2003 to December 2012.
The force, which compiled a report for Mr Hammond, blames driver error rather than speed for the crashes.
A trial 50mph limit would cost £1.69m while between £470,000 and £620,000 will be spent on new signs.
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