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Action Group launched in wake of fatal A34 crash

Group set up by East Ilsley residents will hold first meeting tonight

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Following last week’s fatal crash on the A34 an East Ilsley resident has launched a community action group aimed at improving the safety at the “dangerous” stretch of road.

Alisdair Cunningham set up the group A34 Action Group last week in response to Wednesday night’s crash which saw a mother and three children killed near East Ilsley.

The group which saw 500 members sign up in the first few days will host a public meeting tonight [Wednesday] at West Ilsley’s Village Hall at 8pm with all welcome to air their concerns about the road.

Speaking ahead of the meeting he said that he had launched the community group to “bring together members of the community who live near the A34 and use it on a regular basis.”

He told Newbury Weekly News: “It’s to promote the concerns of the local people, and work positively and constructively at finding solutions to the issues of safety which are becoming increasingly apparent with the increased frequency of accidents on the A34.

“The ultimate aim is to increase the safety of all road users on that road and help prevent future accidents like the devastating accident last week.

“I set up the group for two reasons. Firstly, I am concerned with safety of the road.

“I have only lived here for two years but feel uncomfortable when I drive on that road, and it plays on the back of my mind when my wife travels to work in Oxford or anywhere on the A34 with my son in the car.

“We live in East Ilsley and my commute to work is five minutes yet that stretch of the A34 between East Ilsley and Chilton is a hot spot for accidents, especially Gore Hill.

“Secondly, I felt that while a lot of people in the community feel the same way, and have been talking a lot about their concerns, there needed to be a single focused method to handle these concerns.”

Meanwhile, a petition launched in June following a separate fatal crash has seen a surge in support since the latest fatality.

The petition, launched by Meg Williamson and calling on a reduced speed limit has reached nearly 2,000 signatures.

It can be accessed by visiting: https://www.change.org/p/oxford-city-council-save-lives-a34-50mph-with-speed-cameras 

For the full story and full coverage of last week’s tragic crash and the future of the A34 pick up a copy of this week’s Newbury Weekly News on sale tomorrow.

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  • armstrm

    18/08/2016 - 17:05

    Bad driving obviously causes many problems and accidents. However, it cannot be denied that when a road is as congested as the A34, the problems get much worse. The road was never designed to cater for the volume of traffic using it. The planners keep allowing ever more developments in the areas around the A34 which will also drive up traffic volumes. Something has to give and the government should make the A34 a priority to properly upgrade to a modern 3 lane motorway. I have started a petition to lobby for this. If you agree with it, please sign it here: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/164986

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    • ExNewbury

      19/08/2016 - 09:09

      Just what we need, another Swampy.

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  • NewburyResident

    18/08/2016 - 09:09

    Maybe closure of the dangerous entry/exit at East Ilsey would be a good idea. The residents may end up shooting themselves in the foot!

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  • Blizzard

    17/08/2016 - 16:04

    As a motorcycle rider of many years on this road I have seen car drivers go from the phone up to their head to now using it on their lap. So more are looking. We also have the group at see a truck 3 miles away and move to lane 2 leaving lane one clear. Drivers taking a last second decision to leave the A34 cutting in front of everyone else. If there is a car stopped or incident they all slow down to have a good look, before nailing it off. It's not speed it's awful/ low standard of driving and massive lack of focus.

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  • Oldmoaner

    17/08/2016 - 12:12

    This very sad issue has been caused by bad drivers, not necessarily speed but it is part of it, it’s the King of the road drivers that think they own the road, this includes many belligerent lorry drivers who purposely use their vehicle as obstacle to cause as much mayhem as they can. Many of these drivers especially container and car transporter vehicles drive in a dangerous and defensive manner often in excess of their speed limit. The other worst offenders are outside lane drivers who need to drive at 90 MPH and expect everyone else to get out of the way. The answers are not lesser speed limit’s, the existing laws should be applied and enforced or what is the point of having them. If you want camera’s then put in mobile CCTV and study the roads and the driving,then act. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to all the people caught up in this latest round of accidents.

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