RESIDENTS have won a long-running battle to cut the speed limit on a ‘dangerous’ road running past a village school.

But the victory does not signal the end of their campaign as villagers are now turning their attention toward fighting for a pedestrian crossing.

After several years of campaigning, residents have finally succeeded in reducing the 40mph speed limit on the A51 through Duddon down to 30mph.

Cheshire West and Chester Council has confirmed the road will be closed on Sunday as work begins to remove the 40mph markings, with the new speed limit expected to be enforced on April 1 or possibly earlier.

The authority, however, does not feel there is a need for a pedestrian crossing.

Campaigner and mother-of-three Paula Newman, who walks her children to and from Duddon St Peter’s Primary School which runs alongside the busy road, said: “The speed reduction is fantastic but a crossing is the ultimate goal.

“I first contacted the council in October 2010. I was horrified crossing that road every day.

“I thought something has to be done, it’s too dangerous.”

Mrs Newman, who has children aged one, three and five, added: “The crossing would cost £50,000, if it comes to it I’ll have to raise the money myself. I’ve got 15 years of this.”

Resident Mike Rigg, who describes the speed and volume of traffic as ‘horrendous’, said: “Crossing the road is perilous.

“We’re looking to invite councillors to come and spend 15 minutes walking up and down the road at key times so they can see for themselves.

“We’d also love HGVs to consider cutting the A51 off as a route.”

A Cheshire West and Chester Council spokesman said: “A request for a pedestrian crossing has been received but the location does not currently meet the council’s criteria for provision.”