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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Councillors 'delighted' as 40mph limit on Horseshoe Pass is approved

* From left, County Councillors Graham Timms, Martyn Holland and Melvyn Mile on the Horseshoe Pass in 2017. 

Llangollen county councillor Graham Timms says he and colleagues are "delighted" that a controversial 40mph speed limit on the Horseshoe Pass has been approved by Denbighshire County Council.

He said: "County councillor Melvyn Mile and I were delighted to receive notification that the proposal for a 40mph speed limit on the Horseshoe Pass has now been approved. 

"We discussed the speed limit with road safety officers, along with Cllr Martyn Holland of Llandegla Ward, back in 2017. Our support for the speed limit has been unanimous."

He added: "The process for introducing a new speed limit is rigorous and has to be supported by evidence.

"The time taken to approve the limit was delayed by a report in Motorcycle News which resulted in many objections from all over England and Wales being received by the council. 

"Denbighshire County Council had to be certain that the limit was justified and that the objections should be over-ruled.

"I spoke to the mother of one of the two young men from Ruabon who tragically died on the Horseshoe Pass in 2012. 

"She told me that the speed limit order was signed the day after the 10th anniversary of the accident and that the speed limit had been promised at the inquest into his death in October 2012. 

"Whilst she has had to wait a very long time for the limit to be approved, she is delighted with the recent decision.

"Whilst the vast majority of drivers 'follow the rules'", we now need to ensure that the North Wales Police support the county in enforcing the speed limit when it starts, hopefully, later this year."

Back in 2017 when the speed limit campaign began Cllr Timms said: “We can’t just sit back any longer whilst road users continue to get injured or killed. Something has to be done to make the area much safer for everyone.

“Over the last two months the air ambulance has visited the pass on two occasions to support seriously injured casualties in accidents on the bends on each side of the summit.” 

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