Probe after pensioner’s death rules junction safe

SAFETY FEARS The junction in Havant

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A ROAD junction in Havant town centre is safe, the highway authority has said.

The leader of Hampshire County Council Roy Perry said an investigation was carried out following the death of 81-year-old Daphne Roberts.

As reported, the Emsworth pensioner died in November 30, 2012 after a freak accident at the junction of Bulbeck Road and Park Road South.

Although the road layout was not deemed to be directly responsible, Portsmouth’s coroner David Horsley asked whether the junction should be looked at again, in particular, the right turn into oncoming traffic.

Cllr Perry said: ‘There has been no history of accidents at this junction and the investigation carried out with the police and Havant Borough Council following this incident, found that road markings and signs were adequate.

‘Outcomes from the inquest provided further confirmation of this, concluding that the road layout was not deemed to be directly responsible for the accident. ‘Nevertheless, new give-way signs have been installed to enhance the road markings, and we will continue to monitor the junction, and carry out any improvements that may be needed in the future.’

The layout was changed last year as part of a revamp and visibility from the junction has slightly improved.

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