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Strong turnout at A34 Action Group's first meeting

Meeting held to discuss A34 safety in wake of fatal crash

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A34 Action Group hosts first meeting

The inaugural meeting of an action group launched in the wake of the horrific fatal accident on the A34 last week which claimed the lives of a mother and three children took place last night [Wednesday].

A34 Action Group was launched by East Ilsley resident Alisdair Cunningham on Sunday after Wednesday’s tragic crash at the accident “blackspot” and has seen its membership soar to 781 members in just four days.

Around 50 people attended the emotive meeting at West Ilsley’s Village Hall at 8pm with a range of issues discussed surrounding the danger road.

Mr Cunningham said at the meeting: “Having the support of the local community is what will make this group work.

“Being here, showing your support, wanting to be part of it, we recognise it is an issue.

“We are all here because we feel something needs to be done.”

He added: “I am just a normal individual, I use the road every day and it makes me feel uncomfortable.

“Last week’s accident hit home with a lot of people. There are a lot of people that want to do something, so let’s have one voice.”

A one-minute silence was then held in respect of those who have died on the road before a range of issues were put forward by local residents.

Common topics raised included the proposed lowering of the speed limit from 70mph to 50mph, the erection of signage to warn motorists of the road’s safety record and improving visibility at the notorious Gore Hill section.

Driver behaviour was also scrutinised with many drivers sharing their stories of poor driving standards in turn leading to accidents.

When asked for a show of hands for how many people had been involved in some way in an accident on the A34 a fifth of those assembled admitted they had.

Meg Williamson, who launched a petition after her boyfriend died in an accident near East Ilsley in June was also present at the meeting.

She told the meeting she had never expected the petition which has now swelled to more than 2,000 signatures to have grown so much and said: “We can hopefully prevent any more injuries or loss of life going forward.”

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

The action group's Facebook page can be accessed at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/224888151242762/ 

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  • Winchestergirl

    30/08/2016 - 18:06

    I live at the other end of the A34, in Winchester, and the problem with the A34 is not confined to the Oxfordshire area. I find it daunting to drive on the A34, particularly on weekdays when there are so many lorries on the road who frequently tailgate other vehicles in a way that I find very intimidating. I imagine driving a lorry for long distances can get pretty boring and tailgating a car that they consider is not driving fast enough probably breaks up the tedium of the job but if the car touches its brakes and they plough into the back of it, the results can be disastrous. It's not just a problem with the A34, I realise, but you come across it frequently on the A34 so remedying it on the A34 would be a really good place to start.

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  • Jimmythewilk

    19/08/2016 - 18:06

    I have supported the petition and have made a finacial contribution to the fighting fund. I hope however that the petition has been re-directed from the Oxford City Counci to The Oxfordshire County Council which is I think the Highway Authority concerned. Unless it is in fact The Department of Transport as the A34 is no doubt a Trunk road? Iain Stirling, Banbury

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  • Blizzard

    19/08/2016 - 04:04

    50 people is not a strong turn out. So what Action are they taking about, what are they proposing and how are they planning on going about it? Is there an objective? Or is it just a discussion with Tea. Is the Tea free? I'm guessing not as Benyon wasn't there.

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    • Blizzard

      19/08/2016 - 04:04

      Also why was TVP Roads Police unit not invited, or Highways agency? As much as I think you are wasting your time, at least do it properly. Get organised, what do you want, when, how do you aim to get it? What will you do if nothing happens? What are the consequences of your voice not being heard.

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