ACTION must be taken to stop more tragedy on the A48, civic leaders are demanding.
After Tania Manka and Shayne Witts, both from Lydney, were killed at Lensbrook in a crash on December 27, calls have been renewed for extra safety measures.
Signs along the roadside show there have been 52 casualties on the A48 in the past three years.
Councillors from Lydney met with Highways officials on December 31 to raise their concerns, and Woolaston resident Nick Pearce has backed their moves, demanding something changes through his village too after four deaths along a stretch of the A48 just a few hundred metres long since 2003.
He first requested better safety measures through the village in 2007.
Mr Pearce said: “The situation is most unacceptable given that the very spot that people are crashing their cars and dying is also the very spot that there is a bus stop where children are dropped off by the school bus.
“Once off the bus they then have to dodge speeding traffic overtaking on chevrons to get to the other side.”
Alan Preest, a Lydney town councillor and also a UKIP county councillor for the ward, has met with Highways chiefs to raise his worries about the road in general.
He said: “Something has got to change, it has been far too many serious accidents now and lives are being lost.
“There’s an assessment of the latest accident going on at the moment but whatever that shows, something must change.
“It’s the whole stretch from Blakeney to Lydney that’s the problem, it goes from double-carriageway to single-carriageway and you always see people frustrated because they can’t overtake.
“I’d like the speed limit to come down and to have vehicle activated signs warning people to go slow.
“It’s even more dangerous this time of year, it’s damp and the sun is low, people just need to be reminded to exercise a bit of common sense sometimes.”
A spokesman for Gloucestershire County Council said: “Any life lost on the county’s roads is a tragedy and our thoughts are with all of those involved in this recent accident on the A48. The Road Safety Partnership manages all collision data collected by the police to assess where safety measures are needed and we will work with police as they carry out a thorough investigation to determine what happened.
“We have also arranged to meet Mr Pearce at the site to talk through his safety concerns and to understand what action might be possible.”