Work to reduce speed limit on A15 at Northorpe being done ahead of public meeting

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Work is being done today (Friday) to reduce the speed limit on the A15 at Northorpe ahead of a public meeting tonight.

Campaigners and Thurlby Parish Council have joined forces to hold the meeting to gain backing for their call for crossings at Thurlby and Northorpe.

The meeting, which will be chaired by Bourne MP Nick Boles (Con), will take place at Lawrance Park Hall in Thurlby at 7.30pm. Lincolnshire County Council’s cabinet minister for highways and transport, Coun Richard Davies, Thurlby parish councillors and Graham Clegg, headteacher of Thurlby Primary School, will also be there.

Lincolnshire County Council has already agreed to reduce the speed limit from the current 60mph limit to 40mph through Northorpe and to 50mph between Northorpe and Thurlby. The speed limit is already 40mph in Thurlby. The new signs are going up today.

But campaigners say an accident where two 11-year-old girls were hit by a minibus, proves that more needs to be done. Both girls were airlifted to hospital but have now been released and are back at home with their families.

Insp Simon Heads of the Road Policing Unit said: “The girls have survived one of the highest speed pedestrian impacts we have known in Lincolnshire and I am clearly relieved and delighted at the news that they are both now out of hospital.

“I want to pay tribute to the local community who were nearby and immediately went to the aid of the girls, including off-duty police officers.

“I also want to pay tribute to the medical staff, including two separate air ambulances that attended and were able to take the girls to get specialist care.”

Visit this website tonight for a story on the public meeting.