Calls for new road markings at Havant junction

Pete Walden and Bill Tull at the  junction
Pete Walden and Bill Tull at the junction

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SPEEDING cars and a difficult junction have led residents to urge a council to take action.

Motorists living in Trosnant Road, Bedhampton, say the junction with Stockheath Lane is dangerous because it is difficult to see past the parked cars on either side.

They claim cars speed along the lane, not realising there is a junction coming up.

Six years-ago Bill Tull’s car was hit as he pulled out of Trosnant Road.

He and his elderly wife ended up in a ditch. The car was a write-off.

Along with neighbour Pete Walden, he is pushing for junction warning signs and has asked Havant Borough Council to install double yellow lines in the lane.

Mr Tull, 85, said: ‘We couldn’t see the car coming so we didn’t have a chance. It really frightened us and took time to get over it.

‘I won’t use the junction now if I can help it, it’s much too dangerous. One of these days it’s going to be fatal.’

Mr Walden, 82, said: ‘It’s a death-trap. There are cars parked on both sides of the road while traffic is going 60 miles per hour.’

SLOW markings have been introduced on the carriageway but traffic officers at the council say they will not be able to do anything else until 2015/16 because of a lack of funding.

It is not classed as an unsafe road.

Mr Tull said: ‘I disagree with the council saying it’s not dangerous. It’s ludicrous to put car parking there – it’s a lane.

‘If there happens to be a van parked there you have no hope – it’s like being blindfolded.’

Mr Walden continued: ‘Every time I see a car go speeding past I say a prayer.

‘When I go out of the junction on Trosnant Road I look both ways but you still can’t really see.’

In a statement the council said: ‘All requests are examined and prioritised according to respective injury accident safety records, combined with the usage of the highway in the area in question by vulnerable road users.

‘This process may only look at recorded accidents, and will not consider accident potential, but it does generally ensure the limited funds available are targeted at the very worst locations.

‘We do have to focus our funding on areas where there are safety concerns but we do ensure that there is a method of weighting applied to proposals that are not safety related to ensure that there is an even benchmark.’