Calls for better road safety on Titchfield Common road where biker died

TRAGEDY The scene of the crash which killed Marcus Lowbridge, and inset, floral tributes to him
TRAGEDY The scene of the crash which killed Marcus Lowbridge, and inset, floral tributes to him

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A PETITION calling for traffic-calming measures where a motorcyclist died at the weekend was already under way before the tragic accident.

Marcus Lowbridge, 20, came off his bike after colliding with a Nissan Micra in Hunts Pond Road in Titchfield Common on Sunday evening and died shortly afterwards at Southampton General Hospital.

TRAGEDY Floral tributes to Marcus Lowbridge

TRAGEDY Floral tributes to Marcus Lowbridge

Police are investigating the crash as the cause of the accident is not yet known.

Local ward councillor Jack Englefield has been gathering names for a petition calling for the northern end of the two-mile-long road to be drastically improved.

Cllr Englefield said: ‘I’m sure that if something isn’t done it won’t be the last time there’s an accident along there. I already had about 200 names on the petition. That stretch of road is the biggest complaint I’ve had for the last few years.

‘We’ve got this ridiculous situation where we’ve got nothing at one end and then at the southern end they’ve gone completely over the top with the amount of traffic calming measures they’ve put in.

‘The provisions at the north end are totally inadequate – the road surface and the pavements are completely substandard as well.

‘I took some flowers down there as a parent on Sunday evening. It’s quite a close-knit community around here and everyone is still very upset.’

Friends of Mr Lowbridge, a former Brookfield School pupil, have paid tribute to him by laying bouquets and trinkets at the spot where the accident happened near the junction with Admirals Road.

The 56-year-old woman who was driving the Micra was arrested and has since been released on bail. Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses to the accident, which happened at 8.20pm on Sunday. Call 101 quoting operation Katrina.