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Speeds of 132mph recorded at Brandish Corner

NEW STRETCH: Connor Cummins leads Ian Lougher through the new look Brandish Corner during a TT practice session last year. Onchan Commissioners are concerned over traffic speeds in the area

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View GallerySPEEDS reaching 132mph have been recorded on Brandish Corner since it was realigned say alarmed Onchan Commissioners.
This follows a Department of Transport declaration last autumn that no accidents on the road had been caused by inappropriate speed since it reopened in May.

But at the commissioners’ meeting this week, rural committee chairman Keith Watterson said according to DoT speed count machines installed after the works, the maximum speed recorded of vehicles travelling northbound was 117mph while southbound that speed reached 132mph.

The commissioners expressed their ongoing concern about such speeds, particularly near the entrance of Ballaskelly Farm, spoke of a potential ‘accident waiting to happen’ on the reformed road.

Last year’s realignment was an initiative to make Brandish Corner safer after it was deemed an area with the worst road accident record in the Island.

It has no speed limit except during TT and MGP periods, when temporary speed limits are brought in because of the extra volume of traffic.

Mr Watterson said: 'We are not saying everyone is speeding dangerously on that stretch of road the count could have just been led by one very fast motorist but it does indicate how the farmer who works in that are can have problems.

‘We are just asking have the DoT considered the effect of such speeds?’

After a request from the commissioners, the DoT has now installed another speed count machine which is currently in operation.