The Brighton street known for crashes has a reduced speed limit

The speed limit is now reduced on a road notorious for a series of horrific accidents.

The speed limit is being reduced from 40mph on Wilson Avenue in Whitehawk, Brighton, after a successful campaign by local residents.

A new 50 km/h limit is now to come into force – much to the relief of people who live on the road.

Activist Harry Butler, who brought the case to Brighton and Hove City Council, said: “The Council’s decision to introduce this order is genuinely relieved as there is an ongoing sense of fear that the current, largely ignored, limit will be exceeded by continued at 40 miles an hour, we would be witnessing yet another serious accident or tragedy.”

The speed limit change is being introduced south of Vine Cross Road after a campaign that saw more than 80 per cent of residents who responded to a poll backing the changes.

The road has seen several collisions in recent years, with 12 accidents on the road in the three years ending January 2022, resulting in 20 casualties.

Accidents along Wilson Avenue have also been known to damage adjacent properties.

Concerns about the speed limit on the road were also partly linked to residents crossing the road to use East Brighton Park.

A local resident said: “The fact that there is a children’s playground in the park should encourage the council to consider a safe crossing. I would never let a child or teen go to the park alone due to the speed and lack of intersections on Wilson Ave.”

Labor Councilor Nancy Platts, who supported the changes, contacted Brighton and Hove City Council to inquire about a reduced speed limit but was told Sussex Police do not support the changes due to the “semi-rural” nature of the road would.

Residents of Wilson Avenue and surrounding streets were asked for their opinion on reducing the speed limit. Of the 75 respondents, 60 supported the proposed changes.

The speed limit is to be introduced by the end of the year. The Brighton street known for crashes has a reduced speed limit

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