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A34 speed curb petition doubles after fatal crash

Newbury MP joins the debate, asking for full safety review of the road

William Walker

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A34 speed curb petition doubles in wake of fatal crash

A petition calling for new speed restrictions on the A34 after a fatal crash near East Ilsley two months ago has doubled in the days following Wednesday's horrific crash which claimed the lives of four people.

At 5.10pm on Wednesday a woman and three children were killed in an accident while travelling northbound at East Ilsley.

Tributes and sympathy immediately followed as did fresh calls for safety improvements at what has been described as an “accident blackspot.”

A petition which was initially launched in June following a separate fatal crash in which Gavin Roberts died has since seen a spike in signatures since Wednesday’s crash.

Originally gathering around 600 signatures the tally has now reached nearly 1,200 in just two days, with numbers continuing to rise.

Now, Newbury MP Richard Benyon has since stepped into the debate over the A34 “blackspot” and is now calling on a full review into safety at the major trunk road.

He said: “The appalling tragedy on A34 means there must be a full assessment of this roads safety [sic].”

Highways England said in June when the petition was first launched: “Safety is our top priority and we consider any advice given by the police or other statutory bodies to improve safety.

“We also monitor all the roads on our network, including the A34, on an ongoing basis to identify where safety improvements may be made.  

“We are commissioning a range of research projects to further improve road safety, including research into the causes of fatalities in collisions on our roads, the impact of roadworks on driver stress and the factors which contribute to poor driver behaviour.”

The organisation has been approached for further comment.

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  • Blizzard

    13/08/2016 - 03:03

    Number of users that are on this road safely every year? What is the percentage of Incidents? And how many are speed related? It's sad that people died, It's awful but slowing down the millions of safe road users isn't the answer because a very tiny minority are bad drivers.


  • PhilW

    12/08/2016 - 23:11

    He said: “The appalling tragedy on A34 means there must be a full assessment of this roads safety [sic].” Not sure shy the [sic] - but I'm sure he said "road's".


  • Simonwarrior

    12/08/2016 - 20:08

    I personally believe that HGV's should be banned from overtaking each other between Newbury & Oxford (ideally all of the A34) and I think this will stop many or all of the accidents and stop car driver stress. Speed restrictions won't work without average speed cameras as we've seen on all other roads but this won't stop the HGV's taking 10 minutes to overtake each other! Come on Government, now is the time to act before we lose anymore on this road.


  • Louise


    12/08/2016 - 16:04

    Benyon jumping on bandwagon; this location been an accident blackspot for years, and impending infill development from Harwell up to Didcot bordering A34 will make road even more dangerous. Benyon should have argued for improvement to whole length at expense of saving 20 minutes via the vanity HS2 scheme eg introduction of hard shoulder/ slip roads & laybys to modern standards.


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