People in one part of Merseyside have been left scratching their heads by a road marking which gives a different speed limit to the sign beside the road.
The sign, on Eastham Village Road, in Eastham, Wirral, says the speed limit is 20mph, but the road marking on the surface below suggests the limit is actually 30mph.
Posting a picture of the road in the Eastham Matters Facebook group, one person asked: “Which of these is the legal speed limit?”
One person replied: “20mph but the speeding drivers will do 30 plus.”
Others thought it was 30mph, while some resorted to ridicule. One member of the group suggested the limit was “eleventysix mph”.
What is the actual limit?
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The correct speed limit on the road is 20mph.
It is understood that the 20mph sign was only put in place last month.
Wirral Council said that the reason the ‘roundel’ – the name for the marking on the road surface, was not changed to 20mph when the sign went up was that the contractor was concerned about how near the road is to the busy A41 junction and wanted to apply for a road closure in order to carry out the work.
The local authority said the roundel will be replaced with a 20mph version on December 1. The road will be closed temporarily while this takes place.
Cllr Phil Gilchrist, who represents Eastham for the Lib Dems, said: “Some drivers come off the busy New Chester Road in a hurry heading into the village.
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“It’s a Conservation Area with narrow streets at its heart. That’s why getting the 20mph sign on the road is important and why it’s needed."
The leader of the Lib Dem group on Wirral Council, added: “Residents were consulted. Villagers told us they did not want clutter nor too much in your face signage.
“That’s been respected, along with the choice of materials and location of the signs.”