SUTTON ROAD: Why fast-track safety plan now?

I READ with shock and dismay the article entitled Safety plan fast-tracked for the A1101 accident blackspot along Sutton Road in last week s Standard.  I lost my dear wife at this spot June 7, 2008.   In November 2008 we (the A1101 Sutton Road Accident

I READ with shock and dismay the article entitled "Safety plan fast-tracked" for the A1101 accident blackspot along Sutton Road in last week's Standard.

I lost my dear wife at this spot June 7, 2008.

In November 2008 we (the A1101 Sutton Road Accident Blackspot campaign team) presented statistics to county council officers, including Amanda Mays showing how severe and dangerous this part of the Sutton Road was.

We were advised that action would be taken.


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Nothing happened on the part of the council, but accidents continued occurring, some severe, some slight and then yet another fatality this month.

Oh yes, I forgot - they did paint some red marks on the road and put up some signs a few weeks ago and then one of the signs was knocked down by a car as it careered into the dyke.

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To say in this article "witnessing these accidents gave us an extra insight into the problems" was for me quite staggering.

We are told that council officers make their decisions based on the severity of the accidents which they describe as "the worst blackspot in Cambridgeshire".

So all the deaths and severe accidents made no impression until observed?

Is Ms Mays saying that she has to see things with her own eyes before any serious action is being taken? Because that's how it reads.

To say things are being "fast tracked" when there was no budget put aside last year and even now they are only hoping that their bid will be successful.

Even then, works are not planned until the new financial year. This makes me not only very angry but very concerned that there will be further accidents at this blackspot until Cambridgeshire county Council wake up to the fact that action needs to be taken urgently and not at some time in the distant future.

ROY ASHTON

Tydd St Giles

http://www.ablackspot.co.uk

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