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Calls for deterrents to stop ‘boy racers’ on busy road in Nottingham

Local residents have said they want to see deterrents such as speed cameras. to stop ‘boy racers’ tearing up and down a busy road in Bilborough.

Wigman Road has a 30 mile per hour speed limit and connects Bilborough to Beechdale. It runs past the Harvey Hadden Sports Centre.

Residents that live at the top end of the road, at its junction with Strelley Road and junctions to Fairnley Road and St Agnes Close, say there have been a number of accidents in that area in recent years.

The latest incident happened last week, and residents say it’s due to cars travelling too quickly along with a large volume of traffic in the area at peak times.

They want to see “deterrents” to stop accidents from happening and to make the road safer.

Mel Warwick, 63, who lives on Wigman Road, said: “There should be speed cameras along here as you get a lot of boy racers, and that happens every day.

“I’m not the biggest fan of the bus lane idea, and if you open a car or van door on the carriageway side, it’s so easy to get clipped, there’s no room to get out.

“It used to be fine when it was a dual carriageway.”



A general view of Wigman Road at the junction of Fairnley Road in Nottingham
A general view of Wigman Road at the junction of Fairnley Road in Nottingham

Emma Stephenson, 45, who lives on Strelley Road, said: “It’s been a problem for 25 years and I’ve lived here all my life, it’s a real issue.

“Some motorists feel like they don’t have to give way at the roundabout, and you do get accidents quite often around here.

“There’s also no deterrent to stop people racing up and down here.

“I’d like to see a camera on Bilborough Road too.”

Graham Taylor, 71 who lives on Wigman Road, said: “The problem is you get people flying down here like a bat out of hell.

“You hear a lot of bangs around here too because of cars crashing.

“But I have to say it seems to be a problem on a lot of roads lately.”



A general view of Wigman Road in Nottingham
A general view of Wigman Road in Nottingham

However one resident had not noticed too many issues with the road.

Keith Holland, 71, who lives on Wigman Road, said: “Sometimes traffic can build up, it depends if there has been an accident or not.

“It’s really busy in the evenings, but it’s not too bad in the mornings.

“I live a little bit off from the road itself, and sometimes you can hear the traffic, but from my experience it’s a fairly safe road.”

Nottingham City Council has been contacted for comment.

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