THE speed limit at an accident blackspot could be lowered after more than a decade of calls for safety measures.
There have been calls to introduce a 40mph ‘buffer zone’ on the A539 leading up to Overton for more than 15 years.
While the speed limit is 30mph through the village, the stretch leading up to it is currently 60mph, which campaigners claim is dangerous so close to the village.
Now Wrexham Council has confirmed the stretch will come under review this year.
The stretch of road is where nine-year-old Robert Gaunt was killed in a hit-and-run accident on the A539 leading up to Overton four years ago today.
Robert’s step-mother Tara Green, 44, said she welcomed the news.
“At the end of the day whatever can be done to make it safer is a good thing, not just because of what happened to Robert, but for everyone.
“It could happen to another child, it is a proven accident blackspot area.
“If it is made safer, obviously there is less chance of fatalities.”
She said it was difficult time for all the family.
Overton Cllr Lloyd Kenyon said he anticipated the limit would be lowered to 40mph, as he and other members of Overton Community Council had been calling for.
“I am confident it will go ahead,” he said. “There are no objections that I know of.
“It’s an ongoing thing with Wrexham Council and the Highways Agency, it is on the programme to be looked at.”
The stretch will come under the spotlight this financial year as part of a four to five-year programme to review Wrexham roads.
Overton Community Council clerk Katrina Chalk said: “We support any review on all the roads in Overton to reduce the speed of vehicles.
“It is not in our hands at the moment, but we look forward to the result of the review.”