Pedestrian death on V11 leads to campaign to lower speed limit

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The death of a 21-year-old female pedestrian on the V11 Tongwell Street has prompted a campaign to get the speed limit of the road reduced from 70mph to 50mph.

Statistics show there had been 94 previous accidents in the past five years along four kilometre stretch encompassing the site of the accident. Seven of them were classed as serious and 87 as “slight”.

“This is far too many, and now we have the ultimate tragedy - the death of a 21-year-old,” said former councillor for the area, Sam Crooks.

Mr Crooks is also convinced the blackspot stretch of V11 - between the H6 and H8 - would be far safer if the cross-over turning points were blocked.

“I persuaded the Milton Keynes Council in September 2007 to introduce an order stopping this but when it went out to public consultation the police opposed it,” he said.

Mr Crooks, who is standing for re-election in May, is also asking for a fence to be built in the central reservation to stop people from crossing the road.

But the most effective safety measure would be a lowering of the speed limit along the entire road, he said.

“The V11 is too fast, too long and too straight. Many people use it after they have just after they have come off a motorway and often I have seen people doing up to 85 mph.

“I believe that there should be a speed limit of 50 mph - but it must be enforced, otherwise it will be ignored...It’s not right that we have had to wait for another fatal accident before any preventative action is taken.”