THE speed limit on a major route through the town is set to be increased.

Warrington Borough Council has announced plans to up the limit on a section of Cromwell Avenue to 40mph from 30mph.

This would apply to the stretch of road between Winwick Road and the junction of Westbrook Crescent and Callands Road only.

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The council says that this is due to concerns having been raised over the ‘appropriateness of the existing speed limit’ – with the decision to increase coming as a result of many drivers already exceeding 30mph, and those sticking to this speed subjected to ‘abuse and aggressive driving’.

A WBC spokesman said: “Following correspondence with residents and stakeholders, concern has been raised over the appropriateness of the existing speed limit.

“With the majority of drivers travelling in excess of the speed limit, those drivers that do adhere to the limit are subject to abuse and aggressive driving is being reported.

“Increasing the speed limit to 40mph will bring it in line with the design of the carriageway and provide an expected speed to which most drivers would be comfortable travelling at, removing the hostility and aggressive driving being reported.

“For this reason it is intended to progress an order to increase the speed limit on Cromwell Avenue to the extents shown in schedule 1 to 40mph.”

A consultation on the proposals is now open, and runs until Thursday, October 14.