Speed limit to be cut on fatal crash road near Grimsby

Cockburn family
Image caption The family were travelling to a dance competition when the crash happened

The speed limit is to be cut on a North East Lincolnshire road where a family of five were killed in a crash.

Angela Cockburn, 49, husband David, 48, daughters Carley Ann, 21, Bethany, 18, and Bethany's one-year daughter Lacie Jade Stephenson, died on the A18.

The County Durham family were going to Skegness for a dance competition when the crash happened last month.

The council said the limit from Laceby Top roundabout to near Ludborough would go from 60mph to 50mph.

The Grimsby stretch of the A18 featured in a BBC television programme, Britain's Killer Roads, in 2011.

The programme claimed it was 25 times more dangerous than the average British motorway, with 20 crashes in the previous three years.

Reduce deaths

It was also found to be the UK's highest-risk stretch of road for car drivers in a nationwide survey conducted by the Road Safety Foundation in 2010.

North East Lincolnshire Council said the decision followed a speed limit review carried out by the council and work to implement the change would start in the next six weeks.

The authority said speed limits on a number of other roads would also be reduced.

Councillor Karl Wilson, chair of the regeneration and environment select committee, said: "Ultimately, the aim of the recommendations is to reduce the number of people who are killed or seriously injured on the roads and the number of people involved in slight injury collisions."

Barry Gardner, Humberside Police casualty reduction officer, said: "Humberside Police support these realistic proposals that aim to reduce crashes and keep traffic flowing smoothly."

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