Forget the speed limits: fix the potholes

I HAVE just finished reading Bob Burn-Murdoch s excellent book on the shaping of St Ives. I thoroughly recommend anybody that has an interest in the history of St Ives to read it. I did note in the book, when Bob was describing the viaduct from the bridge

I HAVE just finished reading Bob Burn-Murdoch's excellent book on the shaping of St Ives. I thoroughly recommend anybody that has an interest in the history of St Ives to read it.

I did note in the book, when Bob was describing the viaduct from the bridge out along London Road towards the Hemingfords, that this was called "the Great White Viaduct". Perhaps we could call the new busway "the Great White Busway": after all, the concrete channels are white.

I also notice that certain streets in St Ives are to have their speed limits reduced to 20 mph - a proposal that has already been rejected by the residents of Melbourn and Histon.

What is the basis for this fixation that the council has for reducing speed limits? Has there been a spate of fatal accidents caused by reckless drivers?

All the streets mentioned in the report are, to my knowledge, short and narrow, and it would be difficult to exceed 20 mph anyway. I do have a vision of highly-trained police traffic officers parked in Merrylands in a marked traffic car wearing high-visibility jackets aiming a radar gun at unsuspecting motorists speeding down Bridge Street and swerving into Merrylands in excess of 20mph.

Why not save the cost of putting up the new 20mph signs and spend the money on fixing the potholes that have appeared around the town of late? Better still, use the tarmac to create more humps in the road and then, with the humps and the bumps, vehicles will not be able to exceed 20 mph anyway.

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With the varying speed limits that are being introduced on the A1123 between Huntingdon and St Ives, and if the new lower speed limits are introduced in St Ives town centre, it would make sense to travel to St Ives by guided bus. Oops, I forgot: it's not working yet.

FRED KING

Station Road

Bluntisham

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