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40mph limit confirmed at M5 junction
7:10pm Monday 24th September 2012 in News
ROAD-USERS will be safer when the speed limit goes up on the approach to a spot where 100 people are booked every week, a villager claims.
Drivers will be able to do 40mph on the M5 roundabout at Junction 25 from March – up from the current 30mph limit.
The action follows the County Gazette’s revelation that 5,336 motorists were clocked speeding there in the year to April.
The county council decided on the change after the police, magistrates and parish councils expressed concerns about the number of people being prosecuted.
Mike Marshall, vice-chairman of Ruishton Parish Council, said: “We’re pleased the 30mph sign is now being moved back to start at the Blackbrook Tavern.
“It will help keep pedestrians, cyclists and all road users safe in accessing the park-and-ride.
“We did some tests which showed the average speed of vehicles along the road there is around 48mph and there have been so many near misses.”
A county council spokesman said many of the drivers fined for speeding entering Henlade were unaware of the speed limit as it is illegal to put up repeater signs in a 30mph zone.
He added: “A new start point and signs will ensure drivers are well aware of the limit through the village.”
Cabinet member Cllr Harvey Siggs said: “We’re not trying to penalise motorists.
“We want to make sure the roads are safe.”
The authority is also changing the speed limit from 40 to 30mph on Priory Avenue, Taunton, and from 50 to 40mph on the Toneway approach to the town and the A358 at Hankridge.
The spokesman said: “This should reduce the number of shunt-type accidents at the Creech Castle traffic lights.”