Victory in Broadway road safety battle

NRHNLM110813E1 - Residents of Broadway in Ripley are happy that changes woll be made to the road layout
NRHNLM110813E1 - Residents of Broadway in Ripley are happy that changes woll be made to the road layout

CAMPAIGNERS are claiming victory in a long-running battle over road safety in Ripley.

Almost all of the households in Broadway signed a petition last year calling on Derbyshire County Council to remove a ‘traffic calming’ bottleneck at the Nottingham Road end of their street.

Drivers have been forced to brake violently to avoid a collision when entering the road – which is also a bus route – from the Nottingham Road end.

This week the council announced that following the public outcry the obstacle is to be removed – for an 18-month trial.

Ripley town councillor David Williams, who has been backing residents trying to get the road works removed, said: “I’m delighted with the result it appears that the county council have given the residents exactly what they are asking for.”

The plans will see the “pinch point” where the road narrows and a speed hump removed and yellow lines introduced along Broadway, which is a popular parking place for town centre shoppers.

Residents hope the yellow lines will cut congestion because drivers are often forced to stop to let oncoming traffic past, because cars parked on both sides of the road only allow single-file traffic.

The action marks the end of a lengthy fight between the residents and the county council which said no action should be taken despite the residents’ petition in May 2010. A report read to a committee meeting in December last year said that officers had “observed no hazards”.

It reported: “Residents have commented in the past that newer, larger buses have difficulty negotiating this road junction, but this is not reflected in a deteriorating accident history.”

But after a site meeting with residents on June 30 the council has been forced into a U-turn.

The new plans will also see parking restrictions opposite the Broadway junction.

No date has been set for the work to begin.