ONCE again I find myself agreeing with the Guardian’s mystery columnist, the Fly in the Ointment (Warrington Guardian, October 4), this time over last week’s subject ‘Bullies of the road will win thanks to proposed speed limit increase on key route’.

You will remember that the key route in question is the part of Cromwell Avenue, from Winwick Road to the junction of Westbrook Crescent and Callands Road, where Warrington Borough Council is proposing to increase the speed limit from 30mph to 40mph.

This flies in the face of the progress that has been made throughout the country with the ‘twenty’s plenty’ campaign whereby speed limits have been reduced from 30mph to 20mph to make our roads safer.

I am not for one moment advocating reducing the speed limit on this stretch of Cromwell Avenue, rather I am asking for it to remain at 30mph.

It seems to me naïve in the extreme to expect motorists to travel at 40mph to the Westbrook Crescent junction and then slow down to 30mph.

That is not going to happen and so traffic speed will increase all along Cromwell Avenue.

Any accidents that do happen will, I am sorry to say, become more severe as a result.

Another lesser consideration in this proposal is cost.

How much will it cost to replace all the 30mph signs with 40mph signs?

The poor council tax payer will end up paying more money to make the road less safe.

This is a silly proposal and I hope that Warrington Borough Council will have second thoughts and scrap it.

If speed cameras have to be installed to bring the bullies into line then so be it.