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South Derbyshire police warn motorists to avoid Swarkestone rat-run

Posted on 29th January 2019
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Officers in our Melbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team are warning motorists to stop using an ‘Access Only’ road in Swarkestone as a short-cut. 

Woodshop Lane in Swarkestone (pictured) is controlled by access only signs with its junctions with the A514 and A5132, however the team are receiving complaints that motorists are using it to avoid congestion at its junction with the two roads a few yards away. 

PCSO Emma Guest, from the team, explained: “Woodshop Lane is a relatively narrow residential road and as such is not designed to take a large amount of through traffic. 

“Residents have been complaining, that particularly at rush hour times, motorists are using the lane as a rat-run to avoid the junction of the two ‘A’ roads a few yards away. 

“This practice is dangerous and illegal and as such we will be enforcing the access only signs. 

“We are also in conversation with local councillors and residents to see if there is a longer term, more sustainable fix to the problem.” 

Contravention of this type of sign is dealt with by means of a Traffic Offence Report (TOR) which could be followed by a court summons or a conditional offer of a fine payment of £50.

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