SPEED limits on the A1123 between Huntingdon and St Ives will not be reduced – at least for the time being. Faced with calls to reduce the limit from 60mph to 40mph for its entire length between Houghton Road, St Ives, and the A141, Huntingdonshire s traf

SPEED limits on the A1123 between Huntingdon and St Ives will not be reduced - at least for the time being.

Faced with calls to reduce the limit from 60mph to 40mph for its entire length between Houghton Road, St Ives, and the A141, Huntingdonshire's traffic management committee on Monday (April 20) deferred a decision.

Engineers had recommended cutting the limit to 50mph for most of its length, arguing of most of the 21,400 vehicles that use it each day would be likely to ignore a lower limit.

Councillor Ian Bates, who represents the area on both the county council and Huntingdonshire District Council, claimed support for a blanket 40mph and will press for the matter to be reconsidered.

"I will continue to press the county council for a 40mph limit. That would be a sensible policy for a road with developments on both sides for most of its length."

The committee resolved to look at speed limits on that stretch of the road again in the light of further proposed developments, including 300 new homes to be built off Houghton Road, St Ives.

But Cllr Bates feels that, because work on those developments has been delayed by the economic slowdown, that review will be too far off, and lives could be lost in the meantime.

But he may yet get his way. Committee chairman Councillor Mac McGuire told The Hunts Post the review should not take long, would result in little delay and would probably see a new recommendation for a 40mph limit.

"We don't have to wait for the developments to take place, just to assess the impacts of them when they do. And they include the need for cyclists and pedestrians to cross the road near the marina and cross back again, as well as the housing in St Ives and the junctions at the garden centre and marina, which are heavily used.