DUNCHURCH residents claim double yellow lines have turned their village into a racetrack.
Villagers says their worst fears have come true following the introduction the new restrictions along Daventry Road earlier this year. They blame the lines for a huge increase in speeding traffic.
A recent traffic survey has shown that the average speed of vehicles entering the village is 36.4mph and 43.4mph leaving the village- in a 30mph zone.
Dunchurch resident Paul Callaway said: “Everyone has seen the government campaigns about 30mph speed limits. The risk of death is about four times higher when a pedestrian is hit at 40mph than at 30mph. We live in a residential area where we are now much more likely to be killed when crossing our road. If the average speed is nearly 45mph, what on earth was the highest?”
Residents of Daventry Road have been campaigning against double yellow lines for many years, due to fear of increased traffic speeds and also the loss of parking. Despite a strong campaign led by RAPID (Residents’ Action: Parking in Dunchurch), the double yellow lines were still painted.
Richard Adnitt, who lives in Daventry Road, said: “Our councillors have admitted in the local press that parking is a real problem in Dunchurch. Now as a result of decisions they have made in the ‘name of safety’, they have added excessive speeding to the problems in Dunchurch by effectively creating a racetrack on Daventry Road. It’s not as if this outcome wasn’t obvious.”
Cllr Howard Roberts, an independent Rugby borough councillor for Dunchurch, said: “The county councillors who voted to introduce these ham-fisted parking restrictions have so far ignored residents, ignored reasoned argument and now look like they will ignore cold, hard facts.”
Double yellow lines were painted along one side of Daventry Road for safety reasons.
A working group is currently looking at alternative parking solutions.