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Scheme to reduce speeds on rural routes expands

Initiative is already being applied in 11 locations

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We are expanding our speed reduction scheme to include a further 24 rural routes in Leicestershire.

The project, which sees some stretches of roads with a speed limit of 60mph reduced to 50mph, is already being implemented in 11 locations.

The move follows a study carried out in 2017 which found that around 60 per cent of collisions which caused injury on rural routes involved motorists exceeding the 60mph speed limit or driving at inappropriate speeds.

The study also showed that on more than half of the 272km of rural routes, there were a higher number of collisions resulting in injury compared to other roads.


We’re fully committed to reducing risks on our road network and the study showed that the number of collisions resulting in injuries remains high where the speed limit is 60mph.

“Reducing the speed limit will, hopefully, make a positive change to drivers’ behaviour and improve safety and I’m delighted that we are including more routes as part of the scheme.


We will also monitor other routes to see if they would benefit from speed reduction measures in the future.

The routes to see a reduced speed limit of 50mph are:

  • C5402 Kibworth Harcourt, Tur Langton;
  • C7701 Ashby Parva, Bittesby;
  • Melton Road, Scalford;
  • Melton Road, Clawson;
  • Shepshed Road, Charley, Ulvescroft; 
  • Gallow Field Road, Foxton;
  • Wymondham Drift, Wymondham;
  • C6604 Peatling Parva, Shearsby;
  • C6601 Lutterworth to Gilmorton;
  • Oakham Road, Somerby to Cold Overton;
  • A5199, Kilby, Arnesby, Shearsby, Knaptoft;
  • A47 Earl Shilton, Thurlaston;
  • A426 Lutterworth, Bitteswell, Ashby Parva;
  • A444 Stretton-en-le-Field;
  • A512 Belton, Shepshed;
  • A606 Burton and Dalby, Somerby;
  • A607 Croxton Kerrial, Waltham;
  • A6006 Broughton, Old Dalby, Grimston;
  • B585 Ibstock;
  • B4114 Sharnford, Sapcote, Stoney Stanton;
  • B4669 Sapcote, Burbage;
  • B6047 Melton Mowbray, Burton & Dalby;
  • C4308 Houghton on the Hill, Billesdon; and
  • Green Lane, Eaton.

The proposed speed limit reductions will also incorporate reviews of the existing road markings and signs to ensure that they provide adequate warnings of the road conditions that users are likely to face, such as severe bends and junctions.

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