by Paul Hodgkinson on 9 March, 2013
A stop speeding campaign to cut the number of deaths and collisions on a notorious road near Cheltenham is making good progress, say leaders.
Members of action group North Cotswolds Rural area Against Speeding Harm (No Crash) say they have made some initial breakthroughs in calls for improved signage along the A436 and surrounding villages.
The group was formed last year after residents voiced concerns over speeding on the route between the Air Balloon roundabout and Bourton-on-the-Water. Alarming figures released in December showed that 37 per cent of motorists broke the speed limit along the stretch with some travelling at up to 130mph.
Councillor Paul Hodgkinson, (Churn Valley), who is chairman of No Crash, said following meetings with police and Gloucestershire Highways, several improvements were planned.
· A school safety zone in Andoversford to make it safer for children crossing including flashing signs to alert drivers.
· Clearer warnings of upcoming junctions for motorists travelling along the A436.
· Two new signs for the Hampen village hamlet to alert drivers that people live along the road.
· A survey in Andoversford to look at the flow and direction of traffic through the village with a view to establishing whether traffic for the A40 should be diverted away from the village.
· Gateway features for Shipton village to reduce speed at the entrance and exits.
Mr Hodgkinson said the moves were a good start to tackling issues on the road, which has been the site of numerous collisions over the years. Only last month there was a nine-car pile-up with two vehicles flipping onto their roofs.
He said: “Given that we only set up the group last summer we feel we are making good progress, but there is still a lot to do.
“We are still concerned about speed along the eastern parts of the A436 – in particular on the way to Bourton.
“Police have confirmed they have carried our regular speed checks along parts of the road, focusing on the old restaurant site near Andoversford.
“Quarry lorries have been seen regularly going over the lorry speed limit by our group members so police and Gloucestershire Highways are now also aware.
“Overall it’s good news so far. Progress is being made and tangible steps are being taken to improve safety.”
The No Crash group’s next meeting will be in April.1 Comment