Calls for busy Portchester road to have 20mph speed limit due to ‘speeding fanatics’

Calls have been made to introduce 20mph speed limits in White Hart Lane, Portchester
Calls have been made to introduce 20mph speed limits in White Hart Lane, Portchester
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  • Councillors and residents have called for a 20mph speed limit to be introduced in White Hart Lane, Portchester
  • Route is home to ‘speeding fanatics’
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CALLS have been made to stop ‘speeding fanatics’ along a busy road by bringing in a 20mph speed limit.

White Hart Lane in Portchester – one of the main roads along the southern side of the area – is becoming a ‘problem road’ for speeders according to residents and councillors.

Something needs to be done. At night, we have to suffer through speeding fanatics on the road

Councillor Geoff Fazackarley

The road, which has a 30mph limit, is home to Portchester Community School with Castle Primary nearby in Castle Street.

Chairman for Portchester on the Fareham Labour group Richard Ryan said: ‘This is something that has long made sense to help make the road safer for residents.

‘It’s a busy and dangerous road that seriously needs addressing.

‘We believe a 20mph limit would be the right start to tackle this road.

Police conducted a speeding survey on the road last Thursday after a number of requests from residents.

The neighbourhood policing team surveyed White Hart Lane, The Crossways and Castle Street.

During the survey, three drivers were given advice and two were fined for speeding on White Hart Lane.

Councillor Geoff Fazackarley, Portchester East councillor on Fareham Borough Council, who lives in the road said: ‘Something needs to be done. At night, we have to suffer through speeding fanatics on the road.’

He added that he would look into rounding up a community speedwatch for the road to tackle speeders.

Roger Pattock of White Hart Lane added: ‘I will admit that drivers round here just drive too fast.

‘I think speed cameras could help assist as we need to think about the school kids along the road as well.’

Councillor Roger Price, who represents Portchester on Hampshire County Council, said the local authority held a pilot scheme last year to take a look at roads in the county that needed a 20mph speed limit but Portchester roads were not taken on.

He said: ‘We do need to do something about White Hart Lane but the way I see it is that many of those drivers speeding would be local.

‘If you put speed cameras in place they would just slow down for that part of the road and then speed after.

‘We need more police speed watches in order to cut down on these speeders.’