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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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  • ca123

    07/11/2016 - 18:06

    Sorry but the accident involving the hgv killing a family was caused by a lorry driver using his phone whilst on the move! He was also travelling at 50mph so how will this proposal make any change, speed enforcement won't prevent drivers using their phones!! There is a lot more to bad dangerous driving than simply going over 50mph or whatever, and people need to realise that it's not just speed that's the problem! sometimes it is not to blame at all, a lot of it is to do with driver's attention and many other factoes yet people are just too quick to conclude this every time. How about get more police out there catching those on their phones and not using their indicators or mirrors and only then we will see a far bigger reduction in accidents (minor and fatal) regardless of what the speed limits are or whether there's a presence of speed cameras! Too often people don't use their mirrors or indicators or pay attention at all and that is far more serious than the difference of 50-70+mph

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  • richardmx5

    09/10/2016 - 20:08

    I us the A34 to visit family in Sheffield and never enjoy this part of the journey. The A34 forms part of the International E Road network, under UN Directive ECE/TRANS/SC.1/384 - which the UK is a signatory of. (E05 – 2,960 km (1,840 mi): Greenock – Glasgow – Preston – Birmingham – Southampton - Portsmouth - Le Havre – Paris – Orléans – Bordeaux – San Sebastián – Burgos - Madrid – Seville – Algeciras). It lays down specific requirements for road design for different categories-Motorways, Express roads, speed limits signage, etc........does the A34 comply with these requirements ?? Whilst we are still an EU member state, we may still be able to get funding for improvements?? This is just a thought for the group to consider.

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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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