Busy road may get 20mph limit following crashes

The car accident in North Street, Emsworth  Picture: Sarah Vincent
The car accident in North Street, Emsworth Picture: Sarah Vincent
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CALLS have been made to reduce the speed limit on a busy road after two major accidents within days of each other.

Police have charged a man with drink-driving after a car ended up on top of a parked vehicle in North Street, Emsworth, following a crash on May 22.

Four cars were damaged in the incident, at 7.30pm, which brought the area to a standstill.

Two days earlier a 16-year-old boy was injured when he was hit as he crossed the road.

There is no indication that any of the cars in these accidents were speeding.

Now Councillor Ray Bolton, who represents Emsworth and St Faith’s on Hampshire County Council, says he has put forward North Street as one of the roads to be considered by the Highways Authority for a 20mph speed limit.

The county council is running 20mph trials in eight areas and, depending on the success of the trials, a second wave may be rolled out.

Cllr Bolton said: ‘There are a number of streets which Emsworth residents would like to see with a more appropriate speed limit.

‘Given these two recent accidents, should a 20mph scheme be installed in Emsworth, undoubtedly North Street would be on the list.’

The first accident happened on May 20 when a 16-year-old boy was hit when he crossed North Street at 3.15pm.

A police spokesman confirmed he was taken to hospital and had to have stitches to his head.

Two days later there was a four car pile-up when a vehicle ploughed into a parked vehicle and ended on top of it.

Councillor Brendan Gibb-Gray, who represents Emsworth on Havant Borough Council, said: ‘North Street is particularly busy with a pedestrian crossing, a railway bridge and a big increase in traffic since developments at Redlands Grange and Oaktree Drive.

‘The highways authority should consider reducing the speed.

‘It is both the increase of traffic in the area and the speed which is the problem.

‘Shops and homeowners in North Street are suffering.’

Hampshire police have charged Paul Richard Smith, 46, from Lutman Street, Emsworth, with driving a vehicle while over the legal alcohol limit, driving while disqualified, driving without insurance and two counts of criminal damage.

He must appear at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court on June 10.