Pont Vaillant Lane residents want its speed limit reduced

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VEHICLES frequently speed and accidents occur in Rue du Pont Vaillant, Vale, according to residents who want action taken.

Pont Vaillant Lane resident Elaine Smeja thinks the 35mph speed limit in the area is too high. (Picture by Adrian Miller, 23015001)

Environment & Infrastructure has decided to reduce the speed limit on 80 island roads and lanes to 25mph in and around community hubs.

Some residents believe that they should have done the same with Rue du Pont Vaillant, which remains 35mph despite previous petitions to lower it.

A spokesman for Traffic and Highway Services said it had received some complaints about the speed at which drivers travel through Pont Vaillant Lane and that this was being considered under phase 2, a wider review of speed limits across the island.

David Bennalick, 82, who has lived in the lane for 25 years, said dangerously speeding vehicles were a daily and nightly occurrence.

‘We would like to see the limit cut down,’ he said.

‘Every day and night I hear the cars, a few times I’ve had to fix my garden wall because of cars crashing into it.

‘Some of the roads were right to reduce, but not Braye Road. That’s ridiculous.’

Rick Ozanne, 52, said he thought the Pont Vaillant limit should go down to 25mph.


‘The major roads should be 35mph,’ he said.

‘I’ve lived here 14 years, there was an accident straight outside here.

‘People go around 45mph around here, though I don’t know if it would change people’s behaviour.’

Some said that the road was at its busiest during the school run period and, apart from that, the traffic regulated itself.


‘People who speed through there at night will do it anyway. I just think it needs better policing, more police on the beat,’ said Andy Bisson, 34.

Resident of two years Elaine Smeja, 32, said she was not aware of the signs showing the limit as it stands, but thought 35mph was too high.

‘I think that’s too fast. We hear it more at night time. There’s one boy racer, we’re just waiting for the crash to happen,’ she said. ‘People know about the sharp bends in the lane but they don’t think about cars coming just as fast the other way around.

‘I guess it’s up to the individual, but you have to have the law in place so that they don’t have an excuse,’ she said.

Roads Policing Sergeant Tom Marshall said: ‘We regularly patrol the area and if people have concerns they can contact the Roads Policing Unit.’

E&I’s speed limit changes are scheduled to come in on Sunday 7 April – but they could still face a challenge from States members.

Alex Warlow

By Alex Warlow
News reporter


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