Pensioner gives �1,000 to campaign calling for safety measures on A1101 where his wife died

Story by: MAGGIE GIBSON A PENSIONER has given �1,000 to fund a leaflet campaign calling for safety measures at the accident black spot where his wife died in a car crash. Roy Ashton, 75, hopes the 10,000 leaflets will spur others into supporting the campa

Story by: MAGGIE GIBSON

A PENSIONER has given �1,000 to fund a leaflet campaign calling for safety measures at the accident black spot where his wife died in a car crash.

Roy Ashton, 75, hopes the 10,000 leaflets will spur others into supporting the campaign for a 40mph limit, double white lines and fixed cameras on a 250metre stretch of the A1101 Sutton Road in Wisbech.

Mr Ashton, whose wife Sadet (Sue) died there in June last year said: "I thought this was the best way to get the message across. The leaflets will go into shops and pubs and we will be handing them out throughout the area.


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"Someone else is surely going to get killed on that road, there were three accidents on it last week. It does seem ridiculous that we have to do this to get something done."

Mr Ashton of Tydd St Giles was seriously injured in the crash and was due to go into hospital yesterday (Thursday) for major surgery on his right femur which was pinned after the accident.

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In the five years before Mrs Ashton's death there were 22 accidents along the section of road between Gypsy Lane and the Romanies. The 36 casualties included seven deaths and 11 serious injuries.

Cambridgeshire County Council has erected warning signs, one of which was destroyed last week when a vehicle crashed into it.

Mr Ashton is one member of a campaign team who have all been affected by accidents on the road.

Campaigner Virginia Bucknor said: "We were overwhelmed when Roy offered the money. It takes the campaign to a new level and we are just so grateful. It was such a generous gesture and we really appreciated it.

"We need the support of Wisbech people to put even more pressure on Cambridgeshire County Council. The council have told us it is an accident black spot and it is obvious to everyone that something else needs to be done."

The leaflet is asking people to go to the campaign website and support the call for safety measures. To visit the site click here.

• On Monday the campaign team will be at Wisbech Town Council updating councillors and on Tuesday they will talk to Leverington Parish Council.

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