Call for action on Evesham road labelled one the most dangerous in the country after three deaths

Worcester News: Call for action on Evesham road labelled one the most dangerous in the country after three deaths Call for action on Evesham road labelled one the most dangerous in the country after three deaths

THERE has been a call for action on a stretch of road labelled one of the most dangerous in the country, after three deaths in the last two-and-a-half years.

Leader of Worcestershire County Council Adrian Hardman wants to see safety improvements made on a five mile section of the A46 Evesham Bypass, between Evesham and Beckford.

In his campaign for action, he has written to Patrick McLoughlin, the secretary of state for transport. Since July 2010, two fatal and seven serious accidents have taken place on this part of the A46.

Coun Hardman, who represents the Bredon ward on the county council, said: "I have written to Patrick McLoughlin, asking him to take action. I have asked him to revisit the question of dual carriageway, or improved safety measures on this section.

“I think this must be one of the most dangerous length of roads in the county if not country, since on average we are having five people either killed or seriously injured every year on this five mile stretch.

“We must act. This road is cutting Beckford in half and worrying all who live along it, or by it."

Diana Burgess, aged 40, died in the most recent fatal incident on the road after her motorbike was involved in a collision with a car at the entrance to Bell Service Station near Ashton on October 16 last year.

The driver of the black Peugeot 308 car involved in the crash has been charged with death by dangerous driving and will appear at Worcester Magistrates Court on February 19.

In July 2010 two people were killed after a crash on the road near the junction between the A46 Sedgeberrow bypass and Cheltenham Road.

Hayley Nalepa, aged 23, and her passenger, 45-year-old Chris Ball, both from Longlevens, Gloucester, died at the scene. Witness reports said Miss Nalepa’s car appeared to have lost control after over-taking at the same time as a vehicle in the opposite direction.

Tracey Davies, who escaped serious injury following an accident on the A46 between the Twyford roundabout and the B4035, last January says she would support a campaign to make the road safer, calling it a ‘death trap’.

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12:52pm Thu 7 Feb 13

yeller says...

Roads are not dangerous, drivers are.
Roads are not dangerous, drivers are. yeller
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2:31pm Thu 7 Feb 13

hels k says...

yes it is the drivers that are dangerous , but something needs to be done . We live in Overbury and joining the main road is sometimes like a nightmare , and turning off the main road by the Beckford Hotel is just awful sitting in the middle waiting for a gap to pull in . The speed limit needs reducing from Evesham to Bishops Cleeve , and some kind of traffic calming by the Vale truck stop ,my husband was hit there and shoved into an on coming car!!Thankfully he and my niece had minor injuries . Lets hope this road is sorted and soon .
yes it is the drivers that are dangerous , but something needs to be done . We live in Overbury and joining the main road is sometimes like a nightmare , and turning off the main road by the Beckford Hotel is just awful sitting in the middle waiting for a gap to pull in . The speed limit needs reducing from Evesham to Bishops Cleeve , and some kind of traffic calming by the Vale truck stop ,my husband was hit there and shoved into an on coming car!!Thankfully he and my niece had minor injuries . Lets hope this road is sorted and soon . hels k
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2:46pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Karl Hunderson says...

yeller wrote:
Roads are not dangerous, drivers are.
Not sure. If it was only down to drivers we would see the most accidents where there are the most cars and drivers - motorways. But there are fewer accidents on motorways than other roads. I think it might be a combination of both. The Evesham bypass is, in my opinion, a poorly laid out road which encourages bad driving.
[quote][p][bold]yeller[/bold] wrote: Roads are not dangerous, drivers are.[/p][/quote]Not sure. If it was only down to drivers we would see the most accidents where there are the most cars and drivers - motorways. But there are fewer accidents on motorways than other roads. I think it might be a combination of both. The Evesham bypass is, in my opinion, a poorly laid out road which encourages bad driving. Karl Hunderson
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7:35pm Thu 7 Feb 13

saucerer says...

Why is Mr Hardman lobbying the secretary of state? Isn't it the council's responsibility to make this road safer as they're suppose to look after and manage roads in Worcestershire.
Why is Mr Hardman lobbying the secretary of state? Isn't it the council's responsibility to make this road safer as they're suppose to look after and manage roads in Worcestershire. saucerer
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7:48pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Karl Hunderson says...

saucerer wrote:
Why is Mr Hardman lobbying the secretary of state? Isn't it the council's responsibility to make this road safer as they're suppose to look after and manage roads in Worcestershire.
I think the A46 is a trunk road and therefore the responsibility of the national Highways Agency.
[quote][p][bold]saucerer[/bold] wrote: Why is Mr Hardman lobbying the secretary of state? Isn't it the council's responsibility to make this road safer as they're suppose to look after and manage roads in Worcestershire.[/p][/quote]I think the A46 is a trunk road and therefore the responsibility of the national Highways Agency. Karl Hunderson
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11:49pm Thu 7 Feb 13

i-cycle says...

Karl is correct.

The Government looks after the A46.

The same Government that is currently looking at increasing the HGV speed limit on single carriage way roads from 40mph to 50mph.

Not that it matters, because the police won't enforce speed limits any more anyway.

West Mercia has already cut its Road Traffic police by 72% from 292 to 83 in the last 10 years, third highest of the 43 forces. That's before the next round of cuts.

Accidents waiting to happen? You bet!
Karl is correct. The Government looks after the A46. The same Government that is currently looking at increasing the HGV speed limit on single carriage way roads from 40mph to 50mph. Not that it matters, because the police won't enforce speed limits any more anyway. West Mercia has already cut its Road Traffic police by 72% from 292 to 83 in the last 10 years, third highest of the 43 forces. That's before the next round of cuts. Accidents waiting to happen? You bet! i-cycle
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11:17am Thu 14 Feb 13

Eversb says...

Have you seen the state of this road? Especially after you leave the bypass and travel towards Cheltenham. How much was needlessly spent changing the roundabout near the football club yet they cannot fix the road 20 metres away?
The worst part is between Sedgeberrow and the turning to Ashton Under Hill. There is your accident waiting to happen!

On the subject of the Vale truck stop, i shudder to think what will happen there. Vehicles turning right into the caravan park and on a regular basis a burger van stationary on the blind side of the hill turning into the lay-by. I thought both of those actions were illegal?
Have you seen the state of this road? Especially after you leave the bypass and travel towards Cheltenham. How much was needlessly spent changing the roundabout near the football club yet they cannot fix the road 20 metres away? The worst part is between Sedgeberrow and the turning to Ashton Under Hill. There is your accident waiting to happen! On the subject of the Vale truck stop, i shudder to think what will happen there. Vehicles turning right into the caravan park and on a regular basis a burger van stationary on the blind side of the hill turning into the lay-by. I thought both of those actions were illegal? Eversb
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