20th Oct, 2020

Calls for safety review of 'dangerous' road after two tragic deaths

Joshua Godfrey 22nd Sep, 2017 Updated: 23rd Sep, 2017

A CONCERNED Buckle Street resident has called on council chiefs to urgently carry out a safety review of a ‘dangerous’ road after two deaths in separate crashes in the space of just five days.

Manda Cook, who has lived along Buckle Street near Honeybourne for 20 years, believes something needs to be done before the road claims more lives.

Her call for a safety review follows two deadly crashes which happened just five days apart. Last Thursday a 16-year-old male cyclist was killed after he was involved in a crash with a car. And then on Tuesday a 21-year-old man died after his car crashed into a tree and caught fire.

Angered by another death on the notoriously fast road, Manda has set up a Facebook page to bring other concerned residents together to make their voices heard in the hope Worcestershire County Council will pay more attention to their concerns.

“I’m nothing special and I don’t have any of the answers, I’m just a concerned citizen,” Manda told the Observer.

“I set up the Facebook page because I was angry at the death of another person. I just don’t want anyone else to die.

“It’s the kind of thing that if you get as many people as possible to support this idea then the council will take more notice.

“I have lived here for 20 years and the problem is getting worse. There used to be a couple of accidents a year, but there are even more now.

The concerned resident believes that the road could be made safer by reducing the speed limit from 60mph to 50mph, and by installing new road signs to warn drivers of the windy bends and visibility blind spots.

“Something needs to be done,” she added.

“There are no signs to warn drivers of the camber of the road or the visibility around the bends. If you’re driving from the Littletons toward Bidford it’s so dangerous.

“There will be more accidents if nothing is done about it. It surely can’t cost too much to put more signs up to warn drivers.

“I’d love them to do something about the speed limit as well. I don’t know the answer, but even lowering the limit to 50mph could make it safer. We just need to slow people down.”

In response, a Worcestershire County Council spokesperson said: “Our thoughts go out to the families affected by these tragedies.

“After any fatal road accident, the county council, together with the police, carry out a complete review of the circumstances of the incident.

“We cannot comment on individual details at this stage.”

Search Buckle Street/ Honeybourne Road Accident Awareness on Facebook for more information on Manda’s campaign.

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