‘Tackle this blackspot - before someone dies’
SAFETY calls have been repeated after another serious crash on Stoneleigh Road on Tuesday October 16.
Residents and workers on land near the road which leads up to Warwick, said they have been campaigning for safety for some time, but that their calls have only fallen on deaf ears.
A spokesperson for the concerned group said they felt that somebody would have to die after years of accidents, before anybody would taken any notice.
Speaking about Tuesday’s serious collision between a tractor and two cars, he said: “This could have been so much worse, these cars had their rooves cut off and two men were taken to hospital, but it still isn’t enough.
“The cost of signs and putting up some warnings compared with a life, it is not even comparable.”
He explained that the main road has national speed limit but as it comes down a hill towards the town, entrances to farms along the way can prove dangerous as vehicles are unable to brake the same rate as on a flat road.
“Accidents similar to this have happened about three or four times this year” he said.
“We are sick of hearing about people being cut out of their cars, it’s lucky nobody has been killed and we don’t want to wait around for that to happen.”
He said they have working to get the safety and signs addressed by Warwickshire County Council for some time but have been told that as the line is so close to the county boundary, there are problems of whose responsibility it would be to work on the measures and nothing has been done.
People in the area said in the past three years there have been around 10 serious accidents, with a lorry and a bus collision once being only lucky that no-one was hurt.
County councillor Michael Doody said he had never heard any calls for signage or improved safety along the road, but that if it was deemed necessary by officers, it would certainly be possible to implement.
He said: “I have not been approached by anyone in the community about signs, but if this is brought to my attention then I will certainly look into i and it can be investigated by officers.”
He said any signs within the county border should not be subject to boundary disputes provided they do not cross into Coventry.
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