Residents condemn ‘terrible’ speeding motorists who plague busy road

Residents have hit out at ‘very loud’ cars and motorbikes which they claim still speed on a road near a retail park despite multiple changes to the speed limit.

The A610 is a lengthy stretch of dual carriageway which leads in to and out of Nottingham through Eastwood, while also linking motorists to the popular Giltbrook Retail Park.

Over the years the speed limit on the road has been changed, dropping from 70mph to 50mph back in February 2005, while being further decreased on some stretches to 40mph more recently.

According to Nottinghamshire County Council, the speed limit was decreased “to reduce the number, likelihood and severity of road traffic accidents”.

In the period between 2005 and January last year, two fatal crashes and seven serious reported injury incidents happened on the section which was changed to 50mph, the county council said.

Residents who live in the area say people continue to speed despite the changes to the limit over the years.

Retired Tessa Nelmes, 91, who was taking her grandchildren for a walk, told Nottinghamshire Live “We knew from the moment we moved here that it is a busy road, so we were prepared for that.

“We can always hear the road noise, it is just that we got used to it.

“When it comes to driving, we always stick to the limits, but you will have people who do not.”

Another resident, Barbara Collett, 66, of Swingate in Kimberley, added: “You can hear the speeding all day, especially motorbikes, you can see and hear them all the time.

Local resident Barbara Collett, 66, pictured at the A610 in Kimberley in Nottingham
Local resident Barbara Collett, 66, pictured near the A610 in Kimberley in Nottingham
(Image: Joseph Raynor/ Nottingham Post)

“You cannot ignore them because they are very loud. I think a solution would be to put in permanent speed cameras.

“Even then you will get people who would inform other drivers about the cameras. It is just the way some people are, they do not think about the others.”

Dennis Harrison, who also lives in Swingate, said: “There are loads of cars and motorbikes speeding on the road.

“The noise is terrible. It is quite bad to hear them all day speeding up and down the road.”

Residents have before called for more speed cameras in the area, on top of the police mobile unit which is stationed in the area regularly.

Their concerns came after data revealed the A610 Eastwood Bypass was the road where the greatest top speeds were recorded.

These included some motorists travelling at speeds of up to 118mph.

Chief Inspector James Woolley, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “We treat reports of speeding very seriously and would encourage members public to report incidents to the police and take vehicle details where possible.

“Nottinghamshire Police has a dedicated roads policing unit that is committed to bringing down casualties on the roads by clamping down on the fatal four offences which includes speeding – the others being drink and drug-driving, mobile phone use and not wearing a seatbelt.

“We also support local councils and Highways England in helping identify design solutions to tackle speeding including safety cameras and road layout.”


Nottinghamshire Live – Local News