‘It means the world’: Joy as speed limit on Horsham ‘rat run’ slashed in half

A Horsham woman has spoken of her joy as the speed limit on a rat run outside her house was cut in half.

Monday, 24th May 2021, 7:46 am

Janice Smith said she has been campaigning to get the 60mph limit on Tower Hill lowered for the 12 years she has lived there.

And now the 59-year-old assistant manager of Cancer Research UK in Horsham has been victorious in her campaign.

She told the County Times: “I know it means the world to all the residents.

Janice Smith is delighted the speed limit has been lowered

“It’s taken me from the day I moved in until now to get it done.

“I’m just so pleased that it’s happened.”

Speaking to the County Times in January 2020, Janice condemned the road as a ‘rat run’.

She said: “I don’t wish to be killed. I just want to be able to cross safely.”

Janice spoke out after she was left in ‘floods of tears’ following a near miss which ‘ruined her day’.

But now the delighted resident is urging drivers in the area to take care and to abide by the new lower limit.

She said: “I love living where I live but I don’t want to get knocked over.”

Janice, who cycles into town for work, said she is hopeful that in the future a road may be built from the Hop Oast roundabout to Christ’s Hospital to reduce traffic further.

A West Sussex County Council spokesperson said: “The speed reduction on Tower Hill is the result of a privately-funded Traffic Regulation Order that was approved by the County Council, in compliance with our Speed Policy. Within the next 12 months we will be conducting a post-construction assessment on the effects of the new speed limit, to establish if this has had an impact on average vehicular speeds.

“There are currently no proposals to construct a new road between Hop Oast Roundabout and Christ’s Hospital.”