SLOW DOWN!

A CAMPAIGN against cars speeding through a village is likely to be stepped up following the death of a resident. Grandmother Barbara Newman, 58, of The High Street, Eyeworth, died after being struck by a car close to her home last Thursday night. Mrs Newm

A CAMPAIGN against cars speeding through a village is likely to be stepped up following the death of a resident.

Grandmother Barbara Newman, 58, of The High Street, Eyeworth, died after being struck by a car close to her home last Thursday night.

Mrs Newman had just got off a bus after the short journey from Biggleswade where she worked when she was struck by the car. She was taken to Lister Hospital where she died.

"We've had a long campaign against speeding motorists," said chairman of the parish meeting Robert Read.

"If we eventually find this accident was caused by speed then we will come out with all guns blazing to get something done.

"Mrs Newman was a well loved and well known person in the village and our thoughts are with her husband and family at this tragic time."

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Villagers have campaigned for years to have the current speed limit of 40mph lowered to 30mph saying the High Street has become a short cut for speeding motorists.

Cllr Anita Lewis whose Mid Beds District Council ward covers Eyeworth, said: "The High Street in the village is a rat run. Motorists just put their foot down.

"This is a terrible tragedy. Something positive must be done about speeding traffic through the village."

Another villager, who did not want to be named, agreed with Cllr Lewis, saying: "This was a tragedy just waiting to happen.

"This is a straight, fast stretch of road and cars are always speeding through the village. Something must be done and quickly before there is another tragedy.

"Hopefully, Bedfordshire County Council will now listen to what we have been saying for years and put traffic calming measures in the village."

Cllr Tom Wootton, Bedfordshire County Council's cabinet member for transport, said: "Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the lady who was killed in Eyeworth.

"Whenever a serious accident occurs on the county's roads, we work closely with the police to establish the causes and assess if any measures can be put in place to reduce the risk of it happening again.

"Police investigations are under way and once the cause of the accident has been established, we can look at all appropriate road safety options available."

Mrs Newman's family have declined to make any comment regarding her death.

Anyone who witnessed the incident should contact the officer in charge of the accident investigation Pc Terry Nesbitt on 01234 841212.

An inquest into Mrs Newman's death was opened and adjourned by the Bedford coroner on Monday when the cause of death was given as multiple injuries.

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