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Villagers battle against speeders
residents in Hook, near Wootton Bassett, are clamping down on speeding traffic by putting up their own speed warning signs and parking their cars in the road.
A campaign to install traffic calming measures and more visible speed limit signs on the road running through Hook has been building for years.
And residents, who fear for the safety of their children, are working to slow passing traffic by any means necessary.
Maxine Wrathall, 34, has created 3ft signs to install on wheelie bins along the road to alert drivers to the speed restrictions.
“We are being used as a rat run,” she said. “The road is very long and straight, with tiny speed warning signs. I think most people cannot see them.
“There is a national speed limit sign on the approach to the motorway bridge, so people see that, with no noticeable 30mph signs before it, and speed up.
“I have put signs at the end of my drive because people are coming from a national speed limit into a 30 zone with some rumble strips and that is it. There are no other traffic calming measures.
“Our message is kill your speed, not a child. I run a toddler group in the village, and we are unable to cross the road to it because there is no footpath. I have to drive the 200 yards to get to it safely.
“One child has recently written to the police as, when she is waiting by the bus stop, cars and lorries thunder past. If you ask them to slow down you get abuse.
“We are putting the lives of our children in danger.
“Today I have my car parked on the road, so people have to slow down.”
After traffic reports in the area last year, residents were promised new traffic calming measures, which have not yet materialised.
Louisa Craven, 38, of Hook, said: “I have a young daughter and two spaniels, and when we are walking down the road it is like taking your life into your own hands.
“People overtake each other at 60 down that road. It is pretty frightening. It has been a problem ever since I moved here, but my daughter is only two, so that is a new concern.
“It seems to be getting worse. You can look both ways but by the time you start to cross a car will appear around the corner at high speed.”
A Wiltshire Council spokesman said: “We are aware of the issues here, however any proposal requested by local people must go through the parish council and Community Area Transport Group to ensure it is supported.”
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