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TRAFFIC calming measures are to be installed on 20mph roads where drivers have been clocked reaching speeds of up to 50mph.

Concerned residents of Doyle Avenue and Kipling Road, both in Hilsea, urged the council to make changes to the roads which sandwich Northern Parade Infant and Junior Schools.

Portsmouth City Council officers agreed to consider the options and make changes to the roads in a bid to slow down dangerous drivers.

After engineers have assessed the road, officers will decide whether speed bumps or chicanes will be installed.

Residents will also be issued with hand-held speed cameras and given training in a bid to catch offenders in the act, as part of Hampshire Constabulary’s Community Speed Watch.

Margaret Chamberlain, 58, of Doyle Avenue, Hilsea, says she relives the pain of losing her son every time she sees a car speeding down her street.

Nine-year-old John was killed on Doyle Avenue 33 years ago, and she fears other children will meet the same fate unless changes are made. Margaret said: ‘There are about 400 children who come to this area for school and the traffic is just mayhem.

‘It’s really busy now that the school has expanded, and people use it as a cut-through road too. It’s like a motorway.

‘Something needs to be done or someone’s going to get hurt.

‘I know the impact of that and I don’t want any parent to have to go through what I have – what I still go through every day when I see how much danger these children are in.’

A recent study of Doyle Avenue, carried out over six days by the council, showed the average speed of the road was 27mph.

But a breakdown of the figures revealed three vehicles were travelling at more than 50mph during the study and 36 were caught driving between 40mph and 49mph.

A further 1,680 vehicles were found travelling between 30mph and 40mph.

Ward councillor Alistair Thompson said: ‘If we don’t tackle this problem, there is a very real risk that a child or an elderly person will be knocked down and maybe even killed. Action needs to be taken to reduce these speeds and we need to keep the pressure on the council to make sure that happens as quickly as possible.’