Campaigner says road is deadliest in county

Worcester News: ACTION NEEDED: Roy Winwood says the A449 is dangerous. 4912194101 ACTION NEEDED: Roy Winwood says the A449 is dangerous. 4912194101

A CAMPAIGN to slow down drivers on the A449 between Malvern and Worcester is gathering speed.

Roy Winwood, who lives just off the A449 at Newland believes it is “one of the deadliest roads in Worcestershire” and is lobbying Worcestershire County Council for more speed restrictions and enforcement.

His efforts were boosted this week by the support of West Worcestershire MP Harriett Baldwin, while Mr Winwood also plans to write to Transport Minister Simon Burns in a bid to get him on side.

Mr Winwood has logged 19 serious accidents on the road since September 2005 and stepped up his calls for action after a crash in November saw 27-year-old Malvern man Alex Martin killed.

An inquest into Mr Martin’s death has been opened and adjourned and there is no suggestion that speed was a factor in the crash.

Mr Winwood said he had been having “constructive” talks with the council and that although it was refusing to implement the 50mph speed limit he suggested, other ideas were being discussed.

“We are in talks about looking at other ways of solving the problems,” he said. “They have been very helpful and friendly in their attitude to it all. “They do seem open to suggestions but I think that the big stumbling block will be a lack of funding to do big jobs.”

Mrs Baldwin will also be asking the council to take another look at the road.

“The A449 stretch between Malvern and Worcester is a vital link road and it is operating at well beyond capacity at certain times of the day,” she said. “Free flowing traffic is essential and the county council is well aware of this and I will be writing again to ask them to look at the issue of speed limits balancing road safety and traffic flow.”

Jon Fraser, Worcestershire County Council’s customer and community manager for highways, stressed that there were no plans for any changes to the speed limit.

“The speed limit on the A449 between Malvern and Worcester has been subject to a review and the 40mph speed zone has been extended. It is being monitored and is working well,” he said. “The county council is always happy to engage and communicate with residents regarding highways issues – parish council meetings and public roadshows are just two examples of the ways we listen to residents and their concerns. “Suggestions to reduce speed along the A449 or the suggestion from residents to place a speed indicator device on this stretch, would need the support of the parish council and local county councillor, as well as the involvement of the police.”

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1:35pm Sat 19 Jan 13

uptonX says...

That's a road where increasing the speed limit might make it safer by discouraging dangerous overtaking, along with restoring the dual section west of Powick for the same reason.
That's a road where increasing the speed limit might make it safer by discouraging dangerous overtaking, along with restoring the dual section west of Powick for the same reason. uptonX
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2:19pm Sat 19 Jan 13

broadwas says...

Dangerous? The A44 between Worcester and Leominster is officially classified as one of the Top Ten Most Dangerous Roads in the WORLD!! Bikers' heaven, safety hell.
Dangerous? The A44 between Worcester and Leominster is officially classified as one of the Top Ten Most Dangerous Roads in the WORLD!! Bikers' heaven, safety hell. broadwas
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3:43pm Sat 19 Jan 13

Name unknown says...

If you visit www.crashmap.co.uk you can see the official DfT statistics since 2005 plotted by location, and classified as slight, serious, or fatal.

I can't see 19 serious accidents on the A449 but, as mentioned by somebody else, have a look at the number on the A44 (for example).

I've seen some stupid driving on the A449 - usually people trying to create a 'third lane' to overtake rather than waiting for a gap in the oncoming traffic - but lowering the speed limit isn't going to stop the minority of people being idiots.
If you visit www.crashmap.co.uk you can see the official DfT statistics since 2005 plotted by location, and classified as slight, serious, or fatal. I can't see 19 serious accidents on the A449 but, as mentioned by somebody else, have a look at the number on the A44 (for example). I've seen some stupid driving on the A449 - usually people trying to create a 'third lane' to overtake rather than waiting for a gap in the oncoming traffic - but lowering the speed limit isn't going to stop the minority of people being idiots. Name unknown
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6:42pm Sat 19 Jan 13

jb says...

If the police and county council considered this road to be in need of more restrictions then I'm sure they would implement them. I travel this road frequently and from my personal experience it's down to the motorists not the road layout or speed limits. Not all incidents on this road are down to excessive speed, reckless driving I would imagine would be the primary cause in most cases.
I get angry with other drivers who will overtake a line of traffic from the traffic lights at Powick along the dual carriageway then cut in sharply when they get back to single carriageway. Roads and cars are safe it drivers who are not.
If the police and county council considered this road to be in need of more restrictions then I'm sure they would implement them. I travel this road frequently and from my personal experience it's down to the motorists not the road layout or speed limits. Not all incidents on this road are down to excessive speed, reckless driving I would imagine would be the primary cause in most cases. I get angry with other drivers who will overtake a line of traffic from the traffic lights at Powick along the dual carriageway then cut in sharply when they get back to single carriageway. Roads and cars are safe it drivers who are not. jb
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8:08pm Sat 19 Jan 13

Biggles says...

Strweth, not another pensioner who wants the whole world to slow down !
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And ........ JB, I often overtake dawdlers in their fwd diesel slowmobiles on the dual section, not all of us wish to dawdle, if you are at or near the limit (if it is safe to be), you'll find you rarely get overtaken by anything.
Strweth, not another pensioner who wants the whole world to slow down ! . And ........ JB, I often overtake dawdlers in their fwd diesel slowmobiles on the dual section, not all of us wish to dawdle, if you are at or near the limit (if it is safe to be), you'll find you rarely get overtaken by anything. Biggles
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8:27pm Sat 19 Jan 13

jb says...

Biggles I was referring to the idiots who can see a long line of traffic in front of them on that part of the dual carriageway but STILL overtake and cut in as it ends. I overtake on that stretch if cars are driving too slowly to make progress but some seem to think because it's a dual carriageway it's obligatory to drive inconsiderately. People who drive too slow are just as much of a nuisance but it's common sense and driving with due care that some have a problem with.
Biggles I was referring to the idiots who can see a long line of traffic in front of them on that part of the dual carriageway but STILL overtake and cut in as it ends. I overtake on that stretch if cars are driving too slowly to make progress but some seem to think because it's a dual carriageway it's obligatory to drive inconsiderately. People who drive too slow are just as much of a nuisance but it's common sense and driving with due care that some have a problem with. jb
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10:30pm Sat 19 Jan 13

CJH says...

I have been to Malvern and back several times this week (before the snow), and on nearly every occasion there has been a queue of traffic built up because the idiot at the front thinks it acceptable to drive at 35 mph on what is basically a sound road with no really nasty bits on it. Of course this means that it causes frustration amongst those drivers who just can't wait to get about their important journeys (I have no time or patience for them either). So whether it is safe or not they decide they will overtake. Now if the person at the front was doing an acceptable speed for the road and conditions this would not happen anywhere near as often. Yes, speed kills, but also lack of speed kills. I would love this road to be monitored, and as well as speeding drivers pulled over, lets get the slow ones stopped as well and ask their reasons for driving that way. I'll bet that they are completely clueless about the problems they cause. I have often wondered why they think they get overtaken so much, and why there is a long tailback behind them. If they even bother to look in their mirror that is.
I have been to Malvern and back several times this week (before the snow), and on nearly every occasion there has been a queue of traffic built up because the idiot at the front thinks it acceptable to drive at 35 mph on what is basically a sound road with no really nasty bits on it. Of course this means that it causes frustration amongst those drivers who just can't wait to get about their important journeys (I have no time or patience for them either). So whether it is safe or not they decide they will overtake. Now if the person at the front was doing an acceptable speed for the road and conditions this would not happen anywhere near as often. Yes, speed kills, but also lack of speed kills. I would love this road to be monitored, and as well as speeding drivers pulled over, lets get the slow ones stopped as well and ask their reasons for driving that way. I'll bet that they are completely clueless about the problems they cause. I have often wondered why they think they get overtaken so much, and why there is a long tailback behind them. If they even bother to look in their mirror that is. CJH
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4:03pm Sun 20 Jan 13

mr_wilson15 says...

"Breaking news: Angry pensioner folds arms in aggressive manner"
"Breaking news: Angry pensioner folds arms in aggressive manner" mr_wilson15
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7:51pm Sun 20 Jan 13

Ctrl Alt Del says...

Is this the chap that I often see hobbling across the road at 6:45 in the morning, usually dressed in dark clothing, bet it will be the drivers fault if he gets bowled over.
Is this the chap that I often see hobbling across the road at 6:45 in the morning, usually dressed in dark clothing, bet it will be the drivers fault if he gets bowled over. Ctrl Alt Del
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8:19pm Sun 20 Jan 13

DarrenM says...

Fortunately its not too far from Powick which is where this chap should be put (if it was still open)
Fortunately its not too far from Powick which is where this chap should be put (if it was still open) DarrenM
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6:07pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Arthur Blenkinsop says...

9 times out of ten, you are lucky to get your car in to top gear along there! Unless it's the middle of the night.
9 times out of ten, you are lucky to get your car in to top gear along there! Unless it's the middle of the night. Arthur Blenkinsop
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