Safety calls after crash at ‘dangerous’ junction

CALLS have been made for more safety measures at a junction on the outskirts of Worksop.

Sunday, 9th December 2012, 9:30 am

Motorists want more to be done to improve the junction of Blyth Road and Hundred Acre Lane.

John Eden was a passenger in a car travelling along Blyth Road which collided with another vehicle on Tuesday 27th November.

The 52-year-old was with his friend who was driving around 50 mph when the crash happened.

He said a car ‘just pulled out’ on them, which they hit side-on at around 5.30pm.

Mr Eden, of Eastgate, Worksop, said there needs to be better lighting on the junction to make it safer.

He spent several days in hospital. Luckily didn’t break anything, but has a badly bruised chest, wrist and leg.

He said: “That junction was an accident waiting to happen.”

“I don’t know if he saw us at all.”

“I don’t blame the other driver. It’s just a really dangerous junction.”

“It’s difficult to see when you’re pulling out, and cars tend to be approaching pretty fast and they can’t see you either.”

“I think there needs to be better lighting around there to make it safer.”

Since the accident, Mr Eden said white lines have been painted on the road,

“Maybe they have realised something needs doing,” he added.

Shaun O’Donnell, who regularly drives along Blyth Road to his Harworth home said there should be lighting near all the junctions, and bollards to stop overtaking.

In regards to Hundred Acre Lane, he said: “There have been a lot of people killed or hurt there.”

“Why can’t they get some lights there so everything is lit up?”

A woman who works close to the junction said there is a ‘crash a month’ around the junction.

A spokesman for Notts County Council said: “Road markings at the junction were renewed last week as part of a planned maintenance programme, for which the order went out at the beginning of November.”

“This particular junction has a below average level of accidents, but given the apparent rise recently we will look at it to see if there are any measures which can be taken.”