Neighbours who live on a busy main road at New Mill are urging drivers to slow down.

People living in the almhouses in Sheffield Road say it’s only a matter of time before someone is killed or seriously injured.

Former miner Allen Sharpe, 69, the youngest of the neighbours living in the five houses, wants to see traffic calming measures installed.

“There are 30mph signs but traffic steams down here in the morning and at teatime,” he said. “There are big articulated lorries hammering down and at weekends we get motorbikes and three or four bikes together in groups.

“Traffic can reach speeds of up to 60mph and at night there are taxis flying up and down. It’s all rush, rush, rush.”

Allen said he and two of the other residents were drivers. They had to turn in and out of a concealed entrance and trustees at the almhouses had put up a mirror to help them see into the road.

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“They have done all they can,” said Allen. “I drive out with both my windows down so I can hear what’s coming. This road is very dangerous and it’s only a matter of time before someone is knocked down or killed.”

Allen said one of the neighbours, Charlie Robinson, was in a wheelchair and it was not easy to help him get out and about.

Allen added: “Another of the neighbours gets the bus and the driver won’t use the bus stop on the bend. He stops 30 or 40 yards further down.

“We’ve had a problem with speeding traffic for years but it’s getting worse. We need something done.”

Allen said he lobbied local councillors without success.