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Fears raised after third serious accident blackspot in Lincolnshire village

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: June 04, 2012

Newton on Trent

Fears: From left, Claire Harrison, Antoinette Peach and Alison Wells

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Fearful residents are pleading with Lincolnshire County Council to fix an accident blackspot in their village "before someone is killed".

Parents in Newton-on-Trent say they are living in fear following three serious incidents in less than two months.

On each occasion, the county's air ambulance was called in.

The accidents all happened at the staggered junction, linking the busy A57 with the village.

Now, residents are hoping the Conservative-led authority will sort out the problem as a matter of urgency.

Claire Harrison, who lives in the village with her family, told the Echo: "We have spoken to Lincolnshire County Council about doing something.

"If there is any kind of problem on the A57 the diversion always comes through Newton and that's not fair because we're a tiny village with lots of children living here.

"We want to let our children out and let them play safely.

"The Jubilee Bank Holiday is coming up and the summer holidays aren't far away and we are scared any of our children could be involved in an accident."

Two girls were taken to hospital on April 7 after being struck by a car.

This was followed by collisions on May 24 and on Monday, May 28.

There was a fatal incident at the spot in November, 2008.

"I have lived here for eight years and all I can say is there have definitely been at least five incidents in the last year," continued Mrs Harrison.

"It is a massive accident hotspot but there are no signs to tell drivers that, even though there used to be.

"There is a speed camera but it is on the way out of the village."

Fellow resident Alison Wells said: "Trying to get through to the county council is like banging your head on a brick wall.

"I feel like whenever I am around that area I am taking my life in my own hands.

"It's dangerous for me so what must it be like for the children that live here?"

The residents believe a set of traffic lights would be the best answer.

Mrs Harrison added: "Something needs to happen and soon.

"Whether it is a speed camera, new signs or traffic lights, it needs to happen before somebody dies."

John Siddle, spokesman for Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership said: "In 2007, significant improvements were made to the road as part of an accident reduction scheme.

"As a result of those improvements, the collision rate was halved.

"Recent collisions have not been speed related but have other causation factors such as 'failed to look', 'failed to see' or 'driver error/distraction'.

"In 2010/11 we have seen a steady rise in the collision rate and this is of concern to us. We will be monitoring the site to identify any further improvements that can be made."

Lincolnshire County Council declined to comment.

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  • chuffinel  |  June 28 2012, 10:35AM

    I grew up in Newton-On-Trent and only live down the road now. I'm absolutely blown away by this article. When I was a child I was NEVER allowed to cross this road. I was not permitted to go past the large wooden fence that separates the village from the road. There isnt anything across this road but a lane and a farm - why any parent should be either encouraging this behaviour or permitting it is shocking. There's a massive park in the village, lots of farm tracks and fields - all within the village limits and no where near the main road. I would have been heavily punished by my parents for attempting to cross the road. My mum sat myself and my siblings down form a young age and gave us a graphic talking to about what could happen if we did cross it (involving squashing a big tomato). The A57 doesn't run through Newton and on my weekly visit to see friends - everyone driving through the village are below the speed limit and very courteous. Lincolnshire County Council are not responsible for keeping kids off a main trunk road - and I would be massively disappointed if our council tax money was being paid into a scheme to allow parents to take less responsibility for their children.

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  • Saxilby_Mick  |  June 27 2012, 7:31PM

    @POLCOP Speed is a factor in any road traffic collison If you have any argument woth that, then I will be the first to admit I am wrong if you can show me evidence of a collision which involves ONLY stationary vehicles.

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  • S_Morrissey  |  June 11 2012, 2:42PM

    A couple of people have mentioned the Green Cross Code - well, one of the rules of the Green Cross Code was that you should not cross the road between parked cars, instead finding an empty bit of kerb to cross at. Round where I live, there are now so many parked cars crammed into every street that there simply aren't any such places to cross. As a society, we have decided that parking is more important than safety.

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  • SS29252  |  June 07 2012, 6:56PM

    I don't think anyone is suggesting that kiddies should play IN the road; simply that, in villages, they should have a decent chance of crossing the road without risking being mown down by some petrolhead.

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  • polcop  |  June 05 2012, 8:40PM

    Rascal - you clearly didn't read what John Siddle sad about the recent accidents they are NOT speed related - so why are you waffling on about speed being the cause because if the road safety parnership say speed was not the cause then it clearlywasn't as they don't say this lightly. Delete your waffle and try a sensible fact based reply

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  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  June 05 2012, 1:22PM

    The A57 does not run through Newton-on-Trent but past it. It is a bit rich for parents to whinge about temporary diversions through the village when there is an incident on the main road. If not for its access to the A57, Newton-on-Trent would have died years ago.

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  • rascall1  |  June 05 2012, 11:30AM

    I know this piece of road quite well, I too have seen many incidents here, and been unlucky in losing a friend here too, it was quite some years back in thick fog , a situation different to the main problem of speed in this area at present, it is in no dispute that speed is a problem, here and in many other places, and in this situation, could best be sorted, by reducing the speed limit from the Dunham Bridge towards Lincoln, and from the Lay by some quarter of a mile from the junction to the village, this would also make the entry and exit from the cafe situated in the lay by much safer too. Re the cameras, instead of putting them in the most advantages position to rack up the coffers, listen to the people in the village, they see every day, where and when people speed, then put the cameras in, it is well know the barriers at Dunham Bridge towards Lincoln and towards Markham moor are a starting launch pad for the speed nuts, so put in speed limits on the other side of the bridge of 20mph with cameras, it's the motorists own fault, do as the sign says, or face worse restrictions, how simple can that be. And the local highways do have powers to change speeds limits, without the need to go to central government for approval, I refer to the sad incident of a young child's demise at Thorpe on the Hill around ten years ago, the speed was change in a short time from 50 to 40mph by the Lincolnshire Highways. There is no excuse for passing the buck, or not commenting for safer roads, in Lincolnshire, and The Lincolnshire Council would do well to remember that, after all they are given a criteria to meet in raising road safety for all who use it, and taking appropriate action to improve it where possible and practicable. Here is possible and practicable I think.

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  • Barnaby_B  |  June 05 2012, 9:47AM

    Ian, the comments are only moderated when they are reported by a member of the public. Then, if they break the house rules, they are removed. If not, they stay. The Echo has no editorial control of this as the site is run editorially by its sister company Northcliffe Digital. The editors and reporters can only report a comment in the same way as any member of the public if they spot something which they feel breaks the house rules.

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  • Ian_Heighton  |  June 04 2012, 11:16PM

    There seems to be some missing posts here - is the Echo censoring comments that don't agree with the anti-car policy? Clearly roads are not intended for kids to play on, especially trunk roads like this. It's about time that parents taught their kids to treat roads like railways and keep well away, only crossing when necessary and using the Green Cross code.

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  • Steve_Lincoln  |  June 04 2012, 10:26PM

    Fitting traffic lights on an otherwise straight road (A57) is a ridiculous idea, the traffic needs to be allowed to flow rather than keep stopping for no reason. As Sedgepeat has suggested, the roads aren't meant to be safe for children to play in, there are play parks for that purpose. It's time parents took their responsibilities more seriously and taught their children The Green Cross Code.

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