Police can't enforce speed limit in Bradshaw Road 'because of white lines'

Cllr Stuart Haslam, with residents of Bradshw Road, from left, Roy Adams, Anita Fitzpatrick, Dinah Hill,  Leesa and Martelle Claret, aged 11, and Nigel Fitzpatrick

Cllr Stuart Haslam, with residents of Bradshw Road, from left, Roy Adams, Anita Fitzpatrick, Dinah Hill, Leesa and Martelle Claret, aged 11, and Nigel Fitzpatrick

First published in Politics The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , politics reporter

POLICE say they are taking steps to address the problem of speeding cars along a country lane in Bradshaw — but will not be able to enforce the speed limit in the near future.

More than 300 people signed a petition calling on officers to review the speed limit in Bradshaw Road after numerous accidents and complaints along the 40mph stretch.

Neighbourhood roads policing manager Heath Pemberton, of Greater Manchester Police, said the force was aware of the issues and would calculate how many cars were speeding over a week-long period.

He said: “The police take speeding very seriously but this particular location is largely unsuitable at present to carry out enforcement due to there being double white lines on the road.

"This, therefore, makes it unsafe to park a speed enforcement vehicle.

"However we are in the process of surveying specific areas on the road to assess whether we will be able to carry out future enforcement.

"We have also recently purchased new speed equipment which will allow us to carry out speed enforcement without the use of a vehicle and the equipment will be in use shortly.

“In the interim, we will assess the vehicle speeds at the location by installing a counter over a week period. This will capture vehicle speed data and we can then consider enforcement at this location.”

Grandfather-of-three and Bradshaw Road resident Roy Adams welcomed the step but said more needed to be done before someone was seriously injured or killed.

The 68-year-old retired building site manager said: “It’s a step in the right direction, but some of it is hokum.

“There are three different places along the road where they can park off-road and see what they need to see.

“My concern is for the elderly and the children around here. Someone has to be killed before they will do anything about it, and that is totally wrong.”

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12:00pm Wed 7 May 14

lv8151 says...

if the people who own the cars in the photo parked elsewhere people would be able to use the footpath .... how can they complain about speeding and park their cars in a way that the elderly and mothers pushing prams have to walk in the road to get past because the irresponsible owners park on a pavement ..... if i walked past those cars i would have no option as to take out their wing mirrors.... accidentally of course
if the people who own the cars in the photo parked elsewhere people would be able to use the footpath .... how can they complain about speeding and park their cars in a way that the elderly and mothers pushing prams have to walk in the road to get past because the irresponsible owners park on a pavement ..... if i walked past those cars i would have no option as to take out their wing mirrors.... accidentally of course lv8151
  • Score: 17

12:52pm Wed 7 May 14

atlas123 says...

lv8151 wrote:
if the people who own the cars in the photo parked elsewhere people would be able to use the footpath .... how can they complain about speeding and park their cars in a way that the elderly and mothers pushing prams have to walk in the road to get past because the irresponsible owners park on a pavement ..... if i walked past those cars i would have no option as to take out their wing mirrors.... accidentally of course
Ditto the above.

I run that stretch of road regularly and 9/10 I have to run in the road because of the parked cars.

Can the police do something about the obstruction to the pavement please
[quote][p][bold]lv8151[/bold] wrote: if the people who own the cars in the photo parked elsewhere people would be able to use the footpath .... how can they complain about speeding and park their cars in a way that the elderly and mothers pushing prams have to walk in the road to get past because the irresponsible owners park on a pavement ..... if i walked past those cars i would have no option as to take out their wing mirrors.... accidentally of course[/p][/quote]Ditto the above. I run that stretch of road regularly and 9/10 I have to run in the road because of the parked cars. Can the police do something about the obstruction to the pavement please atlas123
  • Score: 14

2:14pm Wed 7 May 14

marco999 says...

Have they nothing better to moan about?
Have they nothing better to moan about? marco999
  • Score: 9

3:16pm Wed 7 May 14

GrumpyB says...

i of course am neutral on this subject. However, it is said

""“The police take speeding very seriously but this particular location is largely unsuitable at present to carry out enforcement due to there being double white lines on the road.

"This, therefore, makes it unsafe to park a speed enforcement vehicle. """

But the picture clearly shows parked vehicles???

Not being funny but the parking enforcement camera shoebox/smart car and speed camera vans park anywhere they like Double yellows middle of roundabouts etc.... selective policing?
i of course am neutral on this subject. However, it is said ""“The police take speeding very seriously but this particular location is largely unsuitable at present to carry out enforcement due to there being double white lines on the road. "This, therefore, makes it unsafe to park a speed enforcement vehicle. """ But the picture clearly shows parked vehicles??? Not being funny but the parking enforcement camera shoebox/smart car and speed camera vans park anywhere they like Double yellows middle of roundabouts etc.... selective policing? GrumpyB
  • Score: 8

3:32pm Wed 7 May 14

lv8151 says...

GrumpyB wrote:
i of course am neutral on this subject. However, it is said

""“The police take speeding very seriously but this particular location is largely unsuitable at present to carry out enforcement due to there being double white lines on the road.

"This, therefore, makes it unsafe to park a speed enforcement vehicle. """

But the picture clearly shows parked vehicles???

Not being funny but the parking enforcement camera shoebox/smart car and speed camera vans park anywhere they like Double yellows middle of roundabouts etc.... selective policing?
the problem is that the picture shows illegally parked cars .... i wonder what cllr stuart haslam has to say on this issue
[quote][p][bold]GrumpyB[/bold] wrote: i of course am neutral on this subject. However, it is said ""“The police take speeding very seriously but this particular location is largely unsuitable at present to carry out enforcement due to there being double white lines on the road. "This, therefore, makes it unsafe to park a speed enforcement vehicle. """ But the picture clearly shows parked vehicles??? Not being funny but the parking enforcement camera shoebox/smart car and speed camera vans park anywhere they like Double yellows middle of roundabouts etc.... selective policing?[/p][/quote]the problem is that the picture shows illegally parked cars .... i wonder what cllr stuart haslam has to say on this issue lv8151
  • Score: 7

9:56pm Wed 7 May 14

Citizen Cane says...

Has anybody reported the parked cars to the police yet? There is a serious road safety issue here which can be solved by double yellows and heavy handed, over zealous enforcement and fining. What's good for the goose...
Has anybody reported the parked cars to the police yet? There is a serious road safety issue here which can be solved by double yellows and heavy handed, over zealous enforcement and fining. What's good for the goose... Citizen Cane
  • Score: 5

10:53pm Wed 7 May 14

Xavier Mousepractice says...

Is too difficult for a police officer to park safely and walk to the location with a speed gun? The BEN's camera man seems to have managed it.
Is too difficult for a police officer to park safely and walk to the location with a speed gun? The BEN's camera man seems to have managed it. Xavier Mousepractice
  • Score: 3

11:17pm Wed 7 May 14

Comment777 says...

lv8151 wrote:
if the people who own the cars in the photo parked elsewhere people would be able to use the footpath .... how can they complain about speeding and park their cars in a way that the elderly and mothers pushing prams have to walk in the road to get past because the irresponsible owners park on a pavement ..... if i walked past those cars i would have no option as to take out their wing mirrors.... accidentally of course
Selfish people, they want everything done to make their lives safer but put other road and pavement users at risk. Move your cars so that cars have a clear view and pedestrians do not have to negotiate your vehicles putting themselves in mortal danger.

Roy you need to stand on the pavement, Bradshaw road is a road were people speed and with your car parked where it is you are putting yourself at unnecessary risk.
[quote][p][bold]lv8151[/bold] wrote: if the people who own the cars in the photo parked elsewhere people would be able to use the footpath .... how can they complain about speeding and park their cars in a way that the elderly and mothers pushing prams have to walk in the road to get past because the irresponsible owners park on a pavement ..... if i walked past those cars i would have no option as to take out their wing mirrors.... accidentally of course[/p][/quote]Selfish people, they want everything done to make their lives safer but put other road and pavement users at risk. Move your cars so that cars have a clear view and pedestrians do not have to negotiate your vehicles putting themselves in mortal danger. Roy you need to stand on the pavement, Bradshaw road is a road were people speed and with your car parked where it is you are putting yourself at unnecessary risk. Comment777
  • Score: 4

11:21pm Wed 7 May 14

Comment777 says...

Xavier Mousepractice wrote:
Is too difficult for a police officer to park safely and walk to the location with a speed gun? The BEN's camera man seems to have managed it.
The tipper truck in the background of the headline image must be doing over a 100 with the streaks it has left in the picture...

Move your cars you selfish self centred law breakers...
[quote][p][bold]Xavier Mousepractice[/bold] wrote: Is too difficult for a police officer to park safely and walk to the location with a speed gun? The BEN's camera man seems to have managed it.[/p][/quote]The tipper truck in the background of the headline image must be doing over a 100 with the streaks it has left in the picture... Move your cars you selfish self centred law breakers... Comment777
  • Score: 2

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