20mph limit for entire A12

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By Jerome Clarkson, Motoring Editor

A 20mph maximum speed limit is to be imposed along the whole length of the A12 in a bid to improve journey times, the Suffolk Gazette can reveal.

Experts say average travelling times along the A12 – which is Britain’s most often-repaired dual carriageway – will actually be shorter if a compulsory limit of 20mph is imposed from Romford all the way to Lowestoft on the Suffolk coast.

Professor Ron Jeremy, who has enjoyed many positions before joining the Suffolk Highways Institute of Transportation, said: “We have carefully calculated that with more than 47 miles of 40mph average speed limits on the A12, traffic backs up continuously and causes stationary tailbacks for no apparent reason.

‘Bloody Essex drivers’

“This is especially true in the parts of the A12 which are in Essex where bloody drivers prefer to hang out of each other’s boot lids in the outside lane rather than keep a sensible distance from the car in front.”

Prof Jeremy added that SHIT’s research also concluded the contractors for the highway authority, London-based company Pish O’Takers Ltd, were usually unable to complete whatever work schedule had been made up that week because they had only three qualified staff and one spade to manage nearly 90 miles of major trunk road.

“As anyone who has travelled the A12 will tell you,” added Prof Jeremy, “There are miles and miles of red and white plastic cones, abandoned plant and vehicles and no-one to been seen working day or night, weekend or weekday.”

Traffic on the A12 at a standstill

Lady Annabel Crufts, chair of the County Council’s road traffic inhibiting committee, said: “Speed kills and if everyone is doing 20mph for absolutely no sensible reason whatsoever, everyone will be calm and safe.”

The limit will come into force over a 17-week period over the summer, just as everyone is trying to drive away quickly to their holidays.

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  1. Dave

    April 17, 2016 at 8:56 am

    I’ve heard some crap in my time. And when the picture of the A12 at a standstill isn’t even the A12 it’s laughable. Get a life

  2. Gravedigger

    April 16, 2015 at 10:40 am

    I tried out the A12 yesterday, and went on a foraging expedition to Essex. Not the most riveting experience, I have to say.

    That 20mph limit will save a lot of hassle. It’ll mean lorries can drive side-by-side all the way from Romford to Lowestoft without holding up everyone else obeying the speed limit.

  3. Slim

    April 15, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Think about the trouble for people sitting on seats for hours!

    Emma Rhoids

    • The Editor

      April 15, 2015 at 2:37 pm

      Dear Emma Rhoids,

      I can recommend a cream.

      The Editor

  4. Dave

    April 15, 2015 at 6:46 am

    A great idea and I hope the Suffolk Constabulary enforce the new limits rigorously, through Suffolk at least. I’d suggest that the Apache gunship would be well utilised in dealing with transgressors.

  5. Lucy

    April 14, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    Great idea. Why not take it a step further and make every one park up at Romford and travel by bike? Green, clean and then they won’t even have to fix the road. Probably faster too.

    • Kevin Rouse

      April 14, 2015 at 6:00 pm

      You obviously don’t have to cycle all the way up the hill to Lowestoft…but at least all the owners of second homes would stop bringing their Chelsea tractors to Southwold and Aldeburgh, so locals could afford a house.

  6. Wyatt Lyons

    April 14, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    This will be great for the smug looking John Deere brigade.

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