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Opinion divided as Newbury Today takes your views

Opinion was divided when Newbury Weekly News visited Newbury’s Northbrook Street last week to hear your views on the A34.

One Beedon resident, Steve Ives, aged 77, lives right next to the major trunk road and said he regularly witnessed incidents outside his window.

He said: “That road is a nightmare. I live by it and that crash last week was a nightmare.

“It is a regular occurrence, which I can see from out of my window. It needs something doing about it. I understand the Road Safety Foundation think it is a safe road.

“I think the several accidents shows it is not.

“I think the reason that it is dangerous is that people treat it like a motorway when really it is a dual carriageway.

“People come along with their Jaguars doing 90 and 100mph.

“There has been a lot of talk about a speed limit reduction and to me that sounds like the most simplistic way, but I also understand that it costs a fortune to run cameras.”

Hungerford resident Amber Clarke, aged 33, also supported a call for a reduced speed limit and agreed the road was dangerous.

She said: “I drive that road quite regularly.

“I don’t like going through there with my two children in the car.

“I have a large car, a 4x4, so I feel a bit more safe driving than the others.

“They are on about putting a speed limit there and that I think they should do.

“The problem there is visibility. I think that people who use it, they drive like it’s a motorway.

“I have been using that road for two years and I think people should have some sort of test every so often because some people just shouldn’t be on the roads.”

Software engineer at Vodafone Dinesh Raja, aged 27 said he was caught in an hour-long queue after the fatal accident last week, but said overall he felt the road was not dangerous.

He said: “I think the road is okay. It’s not too bad.

“There is a problem because of the amount of traffic, but there is no point in lowering the speed limit – it is drivers’ behaviour.”

He said that when he first moved to the UK four years ago, he felt the standard of driving was good, but that this had since dropped.

Shaw resident Lynn English told us: “I have never had any problems on the road, but sometimes it does get congested.

“I don’t think the speed limit has anything to do with it quite honestly. It’s just the way people drive.

“If the road is full, people get impatient and that makes it even more dangerous.

“It’s a mainly straight road and people want to put their foot down, but I have never had a problem.

“The solution is educating the drivers. Most people, say 99 per cent, are okay but you do get the odd one.”

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