Motorists urged to slow down on rural roads

editorial image

Police officers are urging motorists to slow down following concerns about speeding on rural roads between Whaley Bridge and Buxton.

Residents living at both the Whaley Bridge and Buxton ends of Long Hill (A5004), and in the village of Fernilee, have said that they are most worried about the stretches particularly as the speed limit changes from 50mph to 40mph.

Drivers are being reminded of the risks to themselves and others using the road when driving too quickly for the road, and to observe the speed limit when it changes in the more built up areas.

PCSO Tracy Jones of the Whaley Bridge Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Please drive carefully and respect the speed limits on our roads, both in country and residential areas.

“Rural roads in particular can be challenging with bends, dips, summits and concealed entrances. The best drivers will read the road and drive to the conditions, and the speed limit should never be considered a target. Even if you are familiar with the road, never take it for granted as the conditions and variables can be different every time.

“We would also urge motorists to be patient if they get stuck behind a slow moving vehicle, and to be cautious around more vulnerable road users such as horse riders, walkers and cyclists.”

You can find more information on road safety at