Fatality is ‘only a matter of time’ say residents

Eighth Avenue Bridlington'Jim Ramsden pictured with the Speeding traffic'PA1117-2
Eighth Avenue Bridlington'Jim Ramsden pictured with the Speeding traffic'PA1117-2

RESIDENTS of Eighth Avenue believe it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured or killed due to speeding motorists on their street.

Those who live on the street are growing increasingly concerned about the speeding cars, buses and taxis which are using the route as a shortcut.

Now residents have raised a petition for authorities to look into the matter, which they plan to put before Bridlington Town Council.

“We have told the police that we have a problem,” said Eighth Avenue resident John Brompton.

“At first a PCSO came up to see us, who was very nice, and agreed we have a problem.

“We have had police come in a van and point a speed gun at passing traffic, but this does nothing to stop it long term.

“Some of the people speeding are using the Avenue as a kind of race track to see how fast they can go, but it’s all types of vehicle.

“We have written letters to police in Beverley and Hull, and received one back saying that they had completed a risk assessment in the area, and had decided not to take any action because there had been no fatalities so far.

“Do we need someone to die before something is done about this?”

According to residents, the problem is at its worst during the school run on a morning and late afternoon, then again on an evening.

Another Eighth Avenue resident, Jim Ramsden, believes that there are solutions to the problem.

He said: “I’ve been trying to speak to the police about this for a few years because there is obviously a problem.

“Cars can only park down one side of the Avenue because of double yellow lines, but if the yellow lines were staggered it would help slow traffic down.

“The cost of someone getting hurt or even dying would be so much greater than what it would be to deal with the problem now.”

Mr Ramsden also believes that the traffic calming measures in place on Marton Road and Sewerby Road is leading to motorists using the Avenue as a shortcut, and because it is long and straight it means speeding is more likely.

“Bridlington Police are responsible for speeding offences in the area, and they came on Saturday for half an hour to have a look what was going on, but it was at a time when the problem is not as bad,” continued Mr Ramsden.

“We have started a petition that we will put before the Town Council, and hopefully it will lead to something being done.”

A spokesman for East Riding of Yorkshire Council said that the authority’s highways department had looked into the matter of speeding in the past and completed two assessments, in 2007 and 2010.

On both occasions, the council looked into the traffic records for the three years leading up to both assessments, and concluded there had not been any accidents on Eighth Avenue that resulted in injury or fatality.

The spokesman said that this, along with other factors considered such as pedestrian footfall, meant that there was no justification for the council to implement traffic calming measures.

Nobody at Bridlington Police was available to comment.