Call for changes to road after motorbike crash

Police at the scene of the accident

Police at the scene of the accident

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CALLS have been made for a busy junction to be made safer after an elderly motorcyclist was knocked down.

The 80-year-old rider was in a collision with a white Renault van at the junction of Northern Parade and London Road in Hilsea, Portsmouth at 9.30am yesterday.

Police closed part of the road for an hour while he was lifted into an ambulance on a stretcher and taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital.

Tory Cllr Donna Jones, who represents Hilsea, says she will contact the council’s traffic team to urge them to review the junction.

She said: ‘It’s a very unusual junction. The council’s traffic department should review it in part to protect vulnerable road users like motorcyclists and cyclists.’

It was initially believed the pensioner’s injuries were serious, but after being seen by the ambulance crew he was treated for minor cuts and bruises.

The female van driver was not hurt.

PC Steve Wilkinson said: ‘The gentleman’s injuries were not as bad as we previously thought. Given his age we had to err on the side of caution so he was assessed by ambulance services who deemed his injuries as not serious or life-threatening.

‘He was treated for minor cuts and bruises and we were able to open the road again quickly.’

The crash follows a similar accident on the road in May, when a cyclist was badly injured. At the time the Portsmouth Cycle Forum called for extra signs to be put up warning drivers to be more aware of other road users.

The incident occurred where a bus and cycle lane ends to allow traffic turning left into Northern Parade to cut across it.

Cllr Jones added: ‘Serious accidents are occurring and we need to put a stop to them.

‘With all the new development that is starting to happen an extra 1,600 people are going to be living in Stamshaw and Hilsea, so the junction is only going to get busier.’

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