Campaigners delighted after A24 speed limit cut
THE speed limit of a busy dual carriageway has been reduced from 70mph to 50mph.
The change has been implemented on the A24 between the Denbies roundabout in Dorking and Swanworth Lane, Mickleham, following years of campaigning by local residents.
Mother-of-two Debbie Cameron, who lives in Westhumble, organised a petition that was signed by 350 people and is delighted with the result.
"It just shows that people power and common sense can prevail," she said.
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"Let's hope that we have helped, in some way, to make this stretch of the road a little safer for the whole community who use it.
"It is going to be kinder to the environment, pollution will drop and it has come at a good time as we are seeing an influx of people for the Olympics.
"The fact that we went to every council meeting and made a point of the speed we wanted, as opposed to just saying we want it reduced, made a difference."
The change means the whole of the road from Dorking to Leatherhead is now limited to 50mph.
Izabella Meehan, who also lives in Westhumble, said: "It is very important. It will help the residents and it gives people a sense of order.
"I don't think such a short bit of road which has a limit of 70 is a good thing because people don't realise that it is actually a residential area."
Fellow campaigner Timothy Carroll, who lives in Pixham, said: "Together as a community we have made a difference and left a lasting legacy, as we know this action will save many lives.
"Not only have we made the community safer for its members, we have also made it safer for the visitors that come to the this special place of outstanding natural beauty."
In June 2010 Martin Brewer, a 50-year-old father of three, was killed when he was hit by a car as he tried to cross the A24.
Two months later 24-year-old Ella Shuttleworth was killed in a crash on the Mickleham bypass when her black Mini collided with a silver Vauxhall Astra.
Councillor Hazel Watson (Lib Dem, Dorking Hills) said: "I am very pleased that it has finally been reduced. It was a fantastic campaign by the local community who put together a petition and presented it to the local committee (of Surrey County Council)."