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MP’s Speed Limit Campaign Wins National Road Safety Award

SOUTH NORFOLK MP Richard Bacon has been given a national road safety award by the charity Brake and the Direct Line Group for his campaign to empower local communities to set their own speed limits.

Mr Bacon’s campaign has garnered support from local communities, councillors, MPs and speed campaigners.  The award further recognises Mr Bacon’s work to help concerned constituents, including residents in Harleston, Loddon, Barford, Stoke Holy Cross and Shelton With Hardwick, tackle inappropriate speed limits and dangerous road conditions.  

Mr Bacon has also been active in raising the safety of the A146 Norwich to Lowestoft road with Norfolk County Council and Norfolk Police after numerous fatalities.

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive, Brake, said: "Brake hears regularly from communities, like those in Richard's constituency, blighted by fast traffic and who feel frustrated and powerless to make their roads safer.

"We wholeheartedly agree with Richard that local residents have the right to enjoy their communities without being endangered by fast traffic, and they should not have to wait until someone is hurt before action is taken. We are delighted at Richard's proposal to empower communities to lower speed limits and make their roads safer for everyone, and we are pleased to present him with this award."

Accepting his award, South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon said: "Over the years, I have had many constituents contact me regarding speed limits on local roads which they want to see reduced.  However, local highways authorities often respond that there have been too few crashes to warrant a reduction in the speed limit. I believe local people know what is best for their communities.

"My proposal for a ‘community right to reduce speed' aims to give communities the power to decide for themselves what the right speed limit should be for their local roads. The important point is that it will be for residents, not highways officials or passing drivers, to decide what's best.

"I thank Brake for this award and for supporting my campaign to give communities the power to improve safety on local roads." 

8 September 2014