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Gloucestershire roads chiefs to take fresh look at A48 after Churchdown driver dies

By Ben_Falconer  |  Posted: January 20, 2014

The scene of the crash at Lensbrook

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COUNTY roads chiefs are set to take a fresh look at safety on the A48 after another death at the weekend.

A 30-year-old man from Churchdown died on Saturday morning when his Seat Leon hit trees at Lensbrook, south of Blakeney.

It happened just a few hundred yards from where Tania Manka and Shayne Witts were killed in a crash on December 27, and prompted calls from residents and councillors for action to make the road safer.

“Any death on our roads is one too many – and our thoughts are very much with all those affected by this tragedy,” said Councillor Vernon Smith, Gloucestershire County Council cabinet member for highways and flooding.

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“I’ve spoken to local county councillors and there is real concern that needs to be properly investigated.

“As a result, I have written today to the chair of the council’s scrutiny management committee, asking him to give consideration to establishing a task group to look into safety on this road.

“That would provide an opportunity to look at the issue in depth, listen to the views of local people and make recommendations for the future.”

Contary to earlier police reports, the force confirmed yesterday that the car was heading south, in the Lydney direction from Gloucester.

The cause of the crash is not yet known but residents told the Gloucester Citizen they are concerned that a short dual carriageway section south of Blakeney, which has a 70mph limit, is used as an overtaking point by motorists who then have to slow down to make the bend at Lensbrook.

“I think some people underestimate it,” said John Edwards, who lives at the crash site and has seen the aftermath of many collisions there over the years.

“It does not look like it is much of a corner, it’s just a bend. But there is nothing to stop you going off the road.

“The answer is a lower speed limit. The dual carriageway is used to overtake but it’s took short and drivers don’t always know what’s coming after that and they don’t have enough room to slow down.

“I’m not saying this driver was speeding, because I don’t know what happened in this instance but there are issues which need addressing.”

Tania and Shane died when their car was in collision with another driven by a 72-year-old woman.

Signs along the roadside show there have been 52 casualties there in the past three years.

According to crashmap.co.uk there was one other fatality at Lensbrook in 2008 and several others, mainly slight, since 2005.

That website also shows there have been 17 deaths on the A48 between Chepstow and the A40 Highnam roundabout in the same period.

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  • RoadWombat  |  January 21 2014, 1:10AM

    So true, GlosAnarchy, but what's the betting they'll try and slap a blanket speed limit on it as an easy fix?

  • GlosAnarchy  |  January 20 2014, 5:40PM

    As per the study I quoted before from 2005-2009 ONLY 3.2% of fatal accidents are related to roads whether that be layout, corners or carriageway width. So again the highway boss will just be paying lip service to this myth that it's the road's fault. Would TiG if they have a login that works (website crashes why I try to setup an account) please read the report on each fatal accident and give us a breakdown on the causes of the accidents and let us know how many where down to the road (layout, width,corners,hills) (not road conditions)! When you have done this please report back and let us know how many where down to a driver!

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