Sheffield villagers celebrate after winning speed limit fight

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CAMPAIGNERS have won a battle to slow down traffic after a spate of accidents in a Sheffield suburb.

Sheffield Council’s Northern Community Assembly has approved funding to reduce the speed limit on Worrall Road, between Hillsborough Golf Club and Worrall village, from 60mph to 40mph.

A scheme has also been approved to extend the section of Loxley Road, Loxley, which has a 30mph limit and establish a 40mph ‘buffer zone’ on the approach from Bradfield.

Dr Mary Cooke, who chairs Worrall Community Association and lives on Worrall Road, said: “There was quite a serious crash last year when residents ended up helping to deal with the aftermath, and I’ve had a car slide into the wall outside my house.”

Coun David Baker, Lib Dem councillor for Stannington ward, which includes Worrall and Loxley, said: “Cars speeding through both villages have been a major issue for some time.

“Having finally got agreement to put these restrictions in place, I hope that motorists stick to the new limits.

“We want to ensure the residents of Worrall and Loxley can feel safer.”

Work will take place at the same time as resurfacing under the £2 billion Streets Ahead scheme to revamp Sheffield’s crumbling roads, .

A total of £25,000 will be spent on road signs and the legal orders to bring in the lower speed limits, which are set to come into force by March.

Deputy Prime Minister and Hallam MP Nick Clegg said: “I’m delighted that after many months of work with councillors like David Baker, we have been able to find a solution.

“It is great news that Worrall and Loxley can look forward to safer roads.”

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