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Calls for 30mph limit on Grantham 'red route' where motorcyclist died on Easter Sunday

Calls have sounded for better road safety measures at a collision hotspot on the edge of Grantham, following the death of a motorcyclist on Easter Sunday.

The man, aged in his 50s and from Derbyshire, was pronounced dead at the scene after his motorcycle was in collision with a Toyota Corolla just after noon.

It happened on the A607 at the junctions with Belton Garden Centre and the village of Belton. The road was closed for several hours.

The junctions to Belton Garden Centre and the village of Belton, off the A607. (45917840)
The junctions to Belton Garden Centre and the village of Belton, off the A607. (45917840)

This stretch of road has long been on the radar of the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership (LRSP), an organisation which aims to reduce the number of people killed and injured on the county's roads.

Some 15 years ago the area was one of its 'red routes', which was a scheme to alert road users to 12 high casualty routes. Although this scheme is no longer operating, the LRSP continues to update casualty boards, one of which is near to Belton Garden Centre.

John Siddle, of the LRSP, said: "The speed limit was reduced some time ago as concerns were raised around collisions and excess speed on the A607 with a number of junctions and traffic to various businesses on that stretch.

"There have been five injury collisions resulting in one serious and five slight injuries, plus the fatal collision over the Easter break, making six collisions in three years in the area of the junction at the entrance to the garden centre, within 200m either side.

"We monitor all roads for clusters of injury collisions or where average speeds are recorded as excessively high. When an investigation takes place as a result of death on the roads we will take any direction from that investigation or recommendations from the coroner to see if there are any issues that need to be addressed."

Belton and Manthorpe Parish Council has previously raised its concerns over the junctions off the A607.

In objection to a planning application to open a veterinary practice within the garden centre, which was then approved in August last year, the parish council said that due to the proximity of Belton House and its traffic, Belton Woods Hotel, the curved section of the road to the north-east, and even with the 50mph speed restriction, it considered the garden centre’s entrance to be “hazardous”.

These concerns have been echoed on the Journal's social media pages since the fatal collision was reported on Sunday. Several called for the speed limit to be reduced to 30mph.

Meanwhile, a former fire officer for 30 years believes the dangers of the junctions would be clearer if near-misses were reported.

Edward Cordell, 72, of Fernwood near Newark, said: “That stretch of road on the A607 is notorious for near misses, which never gets reported.

"Perhaps speed bumps coming into Manthorpe would cure everybody’s ardour and get the foot off the pedal. Little signs begging 30 mph is not enough. A few police camera vans at irregular intervals and times, especially on warm sunny Bank Holidays, are called for.

"The typical English way of waiting for an accident to happen and then impose knee jerk solutions risks life and limb of all involved."

Police are asking witnesses and anyone with dashcam footage to call Lincolnshire Police on the non-emergency 101 number, quoting incident 121 of April 4. Alternatively, email force.control@lincs.pnn.police.uk and include 'incident 121 of April 4' in the subject line or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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