New 50mph speed limit between Blandford Forum and Wimborne Minster

Road between Wimborne and Blandford, near Badbury Rings
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Badbury Rings sees speed limit drop to 50mph for enhanced road safety.

In a decisive move towards improved road safety, Dorset Council has announced a reduced speed limit of 50mph on the B3082 at Badbury Rings. This decision has been taken in direct response to a series of serious and fatal injury collisions that have occurred on this road.

Recent fatal collisions include two-vehicle and single-vehicle accidents, including the death of a young man in his 20s.

The new speed limit will come into effect from Monday, 3rd July 2023. This measure seeks to enhance safety at three junctions that give access to Shapwick, Sturminster Marshall, and Badbury Rings, aiming to protect all road users navigating this particular stretch.

The Badbury Rings road is important for commuters from Blandford to Wimborne and beyond, but sadly there have been serious and fatal collisions.

By reducing the speed limit, we aim to make this stretch of road safer for all. Nevertheless, we also urge motorists to drive responsibly and according to the conditions of the road, prioritising the safely of themselves and others.

Councillor Ray Bryan, Portfolio Holder for Highways, Travel and Environment

The B3082 at Badbury Rings, classified as a lower class B road, was previously permitted a speed limit of 60mph. But the Council deemed this limit no longer appropriate for the road conditions. Earlier this year, in February 2023, a public consultation was held allowing residents to share their views on the proposed speed reduction traffic regulation order.

With this move, Dorset Council continues to reaffirm its commitment to improving road safety throughout the county. This change is a clear example of how the local authority is responding to concerns and taking tangible action to protect its residents and visitors.

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