MORE than 850 people have signed a petition calling for a 40mph speed limit to be reintroduced on a busy main road.
Hampshire County Council reduced the limit to 30mph on a three-mile stretch of Havant Road, Hayling, in September.
It is a frustrating, slow drive. And it has been slowed down for hazards that aren’t really thereBrett Hill
It has provoked a furious response from motorists who say the speed reduction is pointless and has only served to make congestion on the island worse as traffic has slowed.
But transport councillor Sean Woodward said the reduction is necessary as there have been 28 accidents causing injury on the road since July 2008.
Brett Hill, 24, from Sandy Point, created the petition urging the council to put the speed limit back up to 40mph.
The lorry driver said: ‘It is now a good 20 minute drive right down the bottom of the island.
‘It is a frustrating, slow drive. And it has been slowed down for hazards that aren’t really there.
‘The street lighting is good, the road surface is better than it’s ever been.
‘If it was just reduced by the school, I could understand. But the remainder of the road does not need to be any less than 40mph. Havant Road has its houses set back well off the main road and paths are rarely used.
‘The change is just putting more pressure on Northney and West Lane.’
Mike Owens, of Astrid Close, has called for a judicial review into it.
Not everyone is against it. There was support for it when the plans were consulted on in February 2014.
And Alan Brewer, of West Town, said: ‘My view is that the whole Island should be subject to a 30mph restriction for the sake of clarity and safety. It is ourselves and our families that are being protected.’
Cllr Woodward who is in charge of transport said the reduction was brought in following a review of A and B roads in the county.
He added: ‘The review looked at reports of accidents to identify the routes most appropriate for speed limit reductions. Many casualty reduction schemes have been implemented along the A3023 in recent years.
‘This lower speed limit on Havant Road complements existing measures and ensures safer roads across Hayling Island.’
The petition can be found at chn.ge/1Q6CTzm.