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£1.4 million has been made available for a series of schemes to to be put in place to help reduce the blight of speeding across Leicestershire.

Picture: Leicestershire County Council

Schemes include installing more vehicle activated signs which, when triggered by vehicles travelling at excessive speed, display a ‘slow down’ message or show the required speed.

Some county spots will also see village ‘gateway’ signs which are designed so that road users are encouraged to slow down before entry.

These speed reduction initiatives were among the most popular schemes put forward by Leicestershire county councillors after a £1.4 million fund was set up to provide small-scale highways and environmental improvements.

Each of the 55 councillors received £25,000 from a Members Highway Fund as part of an additional £5 million investment in the county’s highways.

Providing additional street furniture, such as bollards and benches, has also been high up on the councillors’ priority list.

Other requests received include improved parking schemes, bus shelters, structural testing of lighting columns for parishes, work on public rights of ways and tree planting.

Councillor Ozzy O’Shea, cabinet lead member for highways and transport, said: “We’ve been delighted with the take-up as it offered an opportunity to establish what really mattered to people in their local community.

“I’m not surprised that speeding features so high on the priority list – it’s something which blights communities and we’re committed to doing all we can to  influence and ultimately change road users’ behaviour.”

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