Thousands of motorists caught speeding on "race track" road near Cheltenham
STARTLING figures reveal the extent of speeding on a dangerous road near Cheltenham.
Data collected along the A436, between the Air Balloon roundabout and Bourton-on-the-Water, show 92,000 out of 250,000 motorists – 37 per cent – broke the speed limit. Some were travelling at more than 130mph – nearly triple the speed limit.
Residents and councillors have formed an action group called North Cotswolds Rural area Against Speeding Harm (No Crash) to raise awareness of the problem.
After seeing the worrying statistics, they have called on police to take a tougher approach to stop people using the route as a race track.
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The survey shows that the worst speeding spot was near the Old restaurant with the maximum speeds recorded at 121 westbound and 136 eastbound in a 50mph zone.
Cotswold District councillor Paul Hodgkinson (LD, Churn Valley), who is chairman of the action group, said: "These figures underline the extent of the problem. While some spots show the average speeds recorded were within the limit, they also show just how many people ignore it.
"We always knew that speeding was a real issue, not just perception. Now, we are asking for regular action over the long term to promote road safety."
Data for the survey was collected at six points along the road in October and November, which has been notorious for accidents in recent years.
The equipment used to monitor speeds could not log licence plates, so drivers who were recorded breaking the limit by the sensors on the road will not be prosecuted.
The action group is planning to meet Gloucestershire Highways chiefs in the New Year to discuss possible changes to the stretch of road.
Among its demands is a 50mph limit from Seven Springs to Whiteshoots Hill, Bourton-on-the-Water and a 40mph limit from the Air Balloon roundabout to the Cowley-Ullenwood junction.
Gloucestershire Highways manager Jason Humm said: "We constantly review our highest priority roads across the county and are happy to discuss the group's concerns."