24th Oct, 2016

Speedsters are putting lorry drivers in danger

Aaron Wise 26th Jun, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

SPEEDING motorists on a busy Evesham road are putting the lives of lorry drivers at risk, a haulage firm boss has warned.

It comes amidst a random check carried out by the police on Davies Road which caught 15 drivers in just 45 minutes breaking the 35mph speed limit.

R Sinclair Transport Ltd, which operates just under 100 vehicles and trailers, has its premises on the Four Pools Industrial Estate on Davies Road.

The company’s lorry drivers say they are frequently taking their lives in their hands when they pull out because of speeding motorists.

Manager Sean Sinclair told The Observer he wanted to see something done to slow drivers down before a tragedy occured.

“I would suggest a speed camera being put in place but they (the drivers) will only slow down past the camera then put their foot back down.

“Our offices face the road so we constantly see cars and motorcycles speeding up and down easily over 40mph.

“Most of the time you know they’re about to pass as you can hear them more than you can see them, so it’s a major problem as they have to slam their brakes on.

“And we see police having to regularly attend accidents.”

Davies Road, which runs from Cheltenham Road to Broadway Road in the south of the town, has had regular police presence because of the long-standing issue.

PC Paul Buffery, who caught the 15 motorists earlier this month, said: “The long straight of road can be tempting for some motorists to accelerate and the vehicles I pulled over during the speed checks were approaching 40mph and needed to be stopped.

“A lot of heavy good vehicles (HGVs) use Davies Road and are concerned over the speeding problem.

“It is a real worry because motorists who are travelling over 35mph might struggle to brake in time when a HGV pulls out. ”

Coun James Bulman, representing Evesham South on Wychavon District Council, has also been involved in helping the police tackle the problem following several complaints.

“It has to be seriously thought about and in my view we 100 per cent need to have a speed camera put in place.”

And he said, with more people moving into the area and other main routes becoming more congested, it was only going to get worse.

“People get so frustrated with congestion that when they get a bit of space they tend to put their foot down – unfortunately it’s human nature.”

A Worcestershire County Council spokesperson claimed a speed survey was recently carried out at Davies Road but did not identify any problems.

“However in the light of the latest information and comments, we will arrange for this site to be revisited.”