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'Change the A48 now before more lives are lost'

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 07, 2014

'Change the A48 now before more lives are lost'

The A48 at Lensbrook

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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.

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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.”

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  • JKofblakeney  |  January 19 2014, 10:46AM

    There are a lot of dawdlers on A48 - followed someone from wooleston to Chepstow doing 25mph - very frustrating, & I agree that there needs to be more places to safely overtake. But the stretch between purlieu & viney hill junctions is really dangerous. Something needs to be done - either lower the speed limit or, preferably some major road re-engineering

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  • tomvonforest  |  January 08 2014, 5:33PM

    Second =section in both instances sorry!

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  • tomvonforest  |  January 08 2014, 5:32PM

    OK. So. Are you actually doing the speed limit? 50mph past minsterworth school when the lights aren't flashing? 70mph on national speed limit sections of dual carriageway? I'm not saying you personally are going slowly but there are a lot of people who don't understand the speed limits. They do 50mph on national speed limit sections too, but think they're doing the speed limit and beep or flash at drivers overtaking on valid second where the white lines are broken in the centre of the road. These are just a few second where people don't actually understand the road. Still no excuse to tail gate or over take dangerously of course! I'd rather be overtaken than have someone sat on my bumper!

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  • Kay_Powell  |  January 08 2014, 4:31PM

    Is there really a problem with dawdlers on the A48. When I've used it, I've travelled at the speed limit and usually had a tailback of vehicles behind me and not often come up behind slower vehicles. The vehicles behind me have overtaken when they could and continued on their journey at speeds above the speed limit. There might occasionally be a slower vehaicle, but dawdlers don't seem to me to be the problem.

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  • tomvonforest  |  January 07 2014, 7:04PM

    Yep. I'm with you there. I absolutely hate tail gaiters. I don't even tail gate the dawdlers. The people who will race up behind you when you're actually doing the limit and then just sit on your bumper are possibly the worst menace on the road.

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  January 07 2014, 6:01PM

    tomvonforest I would have to agree there need to be more over taking places and the dawdlers are a menace but so are the idiots that speed down this and many other roads in the county! I've been doing 30 in a 30 and some idiot in a transit van is stuck to my bumper and at the first opportunity overtakes. Then you get another type of moronic driver that drives at a constant 40mph ignoring the fact that there are differing speed limits along the road 30, 40, 50, 60 and 70 mph between Gloucester and Lydney. It's not the road that's at fault it's the drivers and the slow ones and the speeders are the worst!

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  • agaga  |  January 07 2014, 5:52PM

    Teach people to drive

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  • tomvonforest  |  January 07 2014, 4:18PM

    "you always see people frustrated because they can't overtake" - perhaps they should stop removing all the bits where you can overtake safely, and then people don't get stuck behind drivers dawdling at 35mph in a 50mph zone, which ends up with them overtaking aggressively, sometimes overtaking multiple cars at once. I'm sure I'm going to get downvoted for this, but people use the roads so they can get around relatively swiftly, and it _is_ frustrating to be stuck behind drivers who don't even come to within 10mph of the speed limit. Not that this is the main problem of course, as there are many causes of accidents, however, it frustrates me that many peoples reaction will be to lower speed limits, and remove the ability to overtake to fix this issue. To me, it just means that the people who are speeding will be going at the same speed they were going before, and overtaking more dangerously than before..

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