Call for action on accident blackspot

Call for action on accident blackspot

Councillor Bill Moss at the Salisbury Tunnel Junction railway bridge on London Road. DC5506P1

The scene following one of the recent crashes.

Another crash scene.

First published in News Salisbury Journal: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

AN ACTION group is calling for changes to be made to an accident blackspot after four road crashes happened in four weeks.

The group, A30MPH, is concerned about the frequency of accidents on London Road, Salisbury, as cars cross the Salisbury Tunnel Junction railway bridge.

They are demanding that changes are made to the road layout and the speed limit before an even more serious accident happens.

Kristina Stephenson, who helped form A30MPH, said: “I have lived here for 15 years and over the years we have had a number of accidents but we recently decided to form an action group to log these events.

“It happens more often when it is wet and it really should be a 20mph speed limit over the bridge.”

Mrs Stephenson believes it is only a matter of time before a serious accident happens and is campaigning to raise awareness of the issue.

She added: “I have two teenage sons and I feel that every time we use the bridge as pedestrians we are taking our lives into our own hands.

“The lorries go far too fast over the bridge and they hurtle past centimetres away from your arm.

“There are a number of schools in the area and my biggest fear is that a child is going to be seriously injured.”

The action group is calling for cars to go slower and wants the council to install a flashing sign that will warn motorists who are exceeding the 30mph speed limit.

They say a warning sign about the dangerous bridge is obscured by the hedge. Mrs Stephenson said: “Cars also go too fast and don't realise that the bridge has a bend causing them to hit the curb which makes them spin off the road.

“What we really need is a flashing sign to tell motorists they are speeding which would be effective in making cars slow down.”

Wiltshire Councillor Bill Moss says the signage needs to be improved so motorists are more aware of the danger of the bridge.

“We should improve the signage on the road to make it more obvious to cars that there is a hazard.

“The road was built for horses and carts so it was never designed to handle the level of traffic that goes over it now. A lot of visitors to Salisbury who haven’t been here before wouldn’t expect it to be a dangerous bridge.”

A Wiltshire Council spokesman said: “We would encourage anyone who has any concerns about a particular stretch of road to raise them through their local area board where these can be discussed.”

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11:04am Thu 21 Aug 14

PerplexedofSalisbury says...

1)Expand the 20mph zone to the city limits.
2) Get more police out stopping reckless drivers - I live near the ring road and am astonished at the amount of noise EVERY evening from over revving cars and motorbikes racing about. Lower the speed limit on the ring road and any other over 40mph zone after 8pm to 20mph - making it easy to identify who's up to no good.
3) Enforce a zero-tolerance policy on aggressive driving and punish people for fiddling with their phones (50% of drivers it seems).
1)Expand the 20mph zone to the city limits. 2) Get more police out stopping reckless drivers - I live near the ring road and am astonished at the amount of noise EVERY evening from over revving cars and motorbikes racing about. Lower the speed limit on the ring road and any other over 40mph zone after 8pm to 20mph - making it easy to identify who's up to no good. 3) Enforce a zero-tolerance policy on aggressive driving and punish people for fiddling with their phones (50% of drivers it seems). PerplexedofSalisbury
  • Score: -1

11:34am Thu 21 Aug 14

Topman007 says...

PerplexedofSalisbury wrote:
1)Expand the 20mph zone to the city limits.
2) Get more police out stopping reckless drivers - I live near the ring road and am astonished at the amount of noise EVERY evening from over revving cars and motorbikes racing about. Lower the speed limit on the ring road and any other over 40mph zone after 8pm to 20mph - making it easy to identify who's up to no good.
3) Enforce a zero-tolerance policy on aggressive driving and punish people for fiddling with their phones (50% of drivers it seems).
A few more suggestions, although they are so preposterous they'll never get off the ground:

1) As the A30 is already severely congested build a supermarket where the old garage used to be. The resulting queues of stationary vehicles should slow down the traffic, preventing any further accidents
2) Then build an Asda superstore and petrol station on the other side of the road close to the BP station so that you have queues coming into the city as well as going out of it. You won't need a 20mph speed limit on the A30 as nobody will be able to travel that fast.
3) Then stick 500 new houses just off the roundabout close to the railway bridge just to make sure the London Road is completely rammed. Nobody on Bishopdown Farm or Hampton Park will be able to get off their estate so they won't be at any risk of skidding at the old railway bridge.
[quote][p][bold]PerplexedofSalisbury[/bold] wrote: 1)Expand the 20mph zone to the city limits. 2) Get more police out stopping reckless drivers - I live near the ring road and am astonished at the amount of noise EVERY evening from over revving cars and motorbikes racing about. Lower the speed limit on the ring road and any other over 40mph zone after 8pm to 20mph - making it easy to identify who's up to no good. 3) Enforce a zero-tolerance policy on aggressive driving and punish people for fiddling with their phones (50% of drivers it seems).[/p][/quote]A few more suggestions, although they are so preposterous they'll never get off the ground: 1) As the A30 is already severely congested build a supermarket where the old garage used to be. The resulting queues of stationary vehicles should slow down the traffic, preventing any further accidents 2) Then build an Asda superstore and petrol station on the other side of the road close to the BP station so that you have queues coming into the city as well as going out of it. You won't need a 20mph speed limit on the A30 as nobody will be able to travel that fast. 3) Then stick 500 new houses just off the roundabout close to the railway bridge just to make sure the London Road is completely rammed. Nobody on Bishopdown Farm or Hampton Park will be able to get off their estate so they won't be at any risk of skidding at the old railway bridge. Topman007
  • Score: 15

6:33pm Thu 21 Aug 14

kjpayne says...

PerplexedofSalisbury wrote:
1)Expand the 20mph zone to the city limits.
2) Get more police out stopping reckless drivers - I live near the ring road and am astonished at the amount of noise EVERY evening from over revving cars and motorbikes racing about. Lower the speed limit on the ring road and any other over 40mph zone after 8pm to 20mph - making it easy to identify who's up to no good.
3) Enforce a zero-tolerance policy on aggressive driving and punish people for fiddling with their phones (50% of drivers it seems).
How about making all roads have a 10mph speed limit so noone will get anywhere?
[quote][p][bold]PerplexedofSalisbury[/bold] wrote: 1)Expand the 20mph zone to the city limits. 2) Get more police out stopping reckless drivers - I live near the ring road and am astonished at the amount of noise EVERY evening from over revving cars and motorbikes racing about. Lower the speed limit on the ring road and any other over 40mph zone after 8pm to 20mph - making it easy to identify who's up to no good. 3) Enforce a zero-tolerance policy on aggressive driving and punish people for fiddling with their phones (50% of drivers it seems).[/p][/quote]How about making all roads have a 10mph speed limit so noone will get anywhere? kjpayne
  • Score: 4

7:06pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Loulou20351 says...

I am so pleased to hear this news, I was involved in a very serious head on collision on this bridge due to a driver speeding and loosing control, my three year old daughter and I were incredibly lucky but the other cars not so, people were left with life changing disabilities, it's incredible that so many accidents have happened on this road which should be a slow and relativy safe area, why the police haven't stepped in and dealt with this already is beyond reasoning, people nearly died that night. I hope you are listened to and something is done.
I am so pleased to hear this news, I was involved in a very serious head on collision on this bridge due to a driver speeding and loosing control, my three year old daughter and I were incredibly lucky but the other cars not so, people were left with life changing disabilities, it's incredible that so many accidents have happened on this road which should be a slow and relativy safe area, why the police haven't stepped in and dealt with this already is beyond reasoning, people nearly died that night. I hope you are listened to and something is done. Loulou20351
  • Score: 9

11:30am Fri 22 Aug 14

TR6WILTS says...

Its has got worse over the last year, it is really only a matter of time until someone is killed, there needs to be significant improvement of that whole section of road, as potholes and visibility (or lack of) with cars coming blind over the bridge at 60mph and cars trying to pull out from the houses along the layby add to the problem.

Contact detials for the action group would be appreciated......
Its has got worse over the last year, it is really only a matter of time until someone is killed, there needs to be significant improvement of that whole section of road, as potholes and visibility (or lack of) with cars coming blind over the bridge at 60mph and cars trying to pull out from the houses along the layby add to the problem. Contact detials for the action group would be appreciated...... TR6WILTS
  • Score: 4

2:16pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Champers says...

There is no point in putting a speed limit anywhere nowadays. Who is there to enforce it? When did anyone last see a police officer doing speed checks around Salisbury? It's all been delegated to members of the public doing their neighbourhood bit.
There is no point in putting a speed limit anywhere nowadays. Who is there to enforce it? When did anyone last see a police officer doing speed checks around Salisbury? It's all been delegated to members of the public doing their neighbourhood bit. Champers
  • Score: 3

6:09pm Mon 25 Aug 14

TR6WILTS says...

Another 2 crashes on same stretch of road today!!!!
Another 2 crashes on same stretch of road today!!!! TR6WILTS
  • Score: 3

6:10pm Thu 28 Aug 14

PerplexedofSalisbury says...

kjpayne wrote:
PerplexedofSalisbury wrote:
1)Expand the 20mph zone to the city limits.
2) Get more police out stopping reckless drivers - I live near the ring road and am astonished at the amount of noise EVERY evening from over revving cars and motorbikes racing about. Lower the speed limit on the ring road and any other over 40mph zone after 8pm to 20mph - making it easy to identify who's up to no good.
3) Enforce a zero-tolerance policy on aggressive driving and punish people for fiddling with their phones (50% of drivers it seems).
How about making all roads have a 10mph speed limit so noone will get anywhere?
What's the rush? We're talking about a city centre, not a motorway. A place where people sleep, play, cross roads etc. When did the car and its occupant become the most important users of the city?
[quote][p][bold]kjpayne[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PerplexedofSalisbury[/bold] wrote: 1)Expand the 20mph zone to the city limits. 2) Get more police out stopping reckless drivers - I live near the ring road and am astonished at the amount of noise EVERY evening from over revving cars and motorbikes racing about. Lower the speed limit on the ring road and any other over 40mph zone after 8pm to 20mph - making it easy to identify who's up to no good. 3) Enforce a zero-tolerance policy on aggressive driving and punish people for fiddling with their phones (50% of drivers it seems).[/p][/quote]How about making all roads have a 10mph speed limit so noone will get anywhere?[/p][/quote]What's the rush? We're talking about a city centre, not a motorway. A place where people sleep, play, cross roads etc. When did the car and its occupant become the most important users of the city? PerplexedofSalisbury
  • Score: 1

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