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Signs blown away by wind

Reported in the Damaged / Missing / Facing Wrong Way category anonymously at 12:14, Wed 18 September 2019

Sent to Northamptonshire County Council 1 minute later. ref: 1771909.

Temporary signs were put up for horses along Rugby Road, however these have now blown away. Cars are going along the road at 60mph, which is dangerous due to cattle and livestock along the road. Customer advised there is a 40mph sign on Lilbourne Road and believes this would be safer. Signs for lorry weight have also disappeared. Customer would like to be contacted for updates.

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  • Thank you for reporting a fault on the highway. We will use the information you have provided to assess and prioritise this fault in accordance with our published response times for fault reports.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 12:15, Wed 18 September 2019

  • Thank you for reporting a fault on the highway. We will use the information you have provided to assess and prioritise this fault in accordance with our published response times for fault reports.

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 08:55, Fri 20 September 2019

  • Thank you for your query to Northamptonshire County Council’s Street Doctor Service with regard to issues on Rugby Road, Lilbourne. We will arrange for replacement “Horse and rider” signs to be placed along this section. Northamptonshire Highways have looked at installing permanent “Unsuitable for HGV” signing at the A5 junction. Due to the lack of visibility due to existing signage and vegetation, as well as the layout of the junction the placing signing at the actual junction would be ineffective as these would not be seen by the HGV driver until they had committed to turning. We have therefore asked Highways England, who look after the A5 Trunk Road, to investigate installing advance signing on the A5 approaches to the junction. In 2018 Lilbourne Parish Council made a request for the introduction of a 40mph speed limit along Rugby Road and this was put forward to the Speed Limit Review Panel for consideration. The panel is made up of representatives of Northamptonshire Highways and Northamptonshire Police and its objective is to consider requests in a fair and consistent manner taking into account local and national guidance on setting speed limits. The panel concluded that the surrounding roadside environment along this section does not suggest to a careful and competent motorist that they are driving on a road that would be less than the standard limit for a rural road. Drivers will drive according to the nature and environment of a particular road and setting unrealistic limits is counter-productive leading to disrespect of the limit and setting unrealistic demands on the Police for enforcement. Although the Lilbourne Road in Warwickshire has a 40mph limit it is of a different nature to that of Rugby Road, Lilbourne. The Lilbourne Road, Rugby has a significant number of properties and businesses either fronting or accessing this section resulting in a considerable number of vehicle movements turning in and out of these accesses each day. By contrast Rugby Road, Lilbourne has only a single farm access that is set well back from the road so there is nothing in the nature of Rugby Road, Lilbourne to differentiate it from any other rural road throughout the county with a National (60mph) speed limit. Introducing a lower limit at this location would set a precedent for similar requests from other Parish’s for the introduction of similar extensions on rural roads.

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 11:24, Fri 20 September 2019

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