Crash prompts calls for action over busy Portsmouth road

BLACK SPOT A car overturned in the road opposite The News Centre at Hilsea where London Road meets Northern Parade in April. Picture: Malcolm Wells (13990-8469)
BLACK SPOT A car overturned in the road opposite The News Centre at Hilsea where London Road meets Northern Parade in April. Picture: Malcolm Wells (13990-8469)

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A TROUBLESOME road junction needs urgent intervention to prevent traffic accidents, it has been claimed.

An accident at the junction by Northern Parade in Hilsea has prompted an eyewitness to call for better safety on the road.

It comes after a moped rider in his 20s was injured on Monday after colliding with a car.

Portsmouth City Council’s councillor in charge of transport has now asked the council’s traffic officers to look into the situation.

Dave Porter, 32, of Sevenoaks Road in Wymering, saw the accident on Monday.

He said: ‘There have been so many accidents there it’s about time something was done.

‘I walk along London Road on my way to work and I’ve seen more than a few nasty accidents there. It’s a bad bit of road.

‘It needs to be made safer because it’s only a matter of time before something more serious happens there.’

Police and paramedics were called to the scene in London Road, at the junction with Northern Parade, at 4.10pm yesterday.

South Central Ambulance Service sent an ambulance out and took the patient, a man in his 20s, to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham with a leg injury.

The road was closed for a short time.

Councillor Jason Fazackarley, who is in charge of transport for the city council, said: ‘I’ve not been made aware of that part of road being a particular problem but I will certainly look into it.

‘What we can do is see what the traffic data says and see if there has been a number of accidents there.

‘If people want to flag up these things they can contact me or the council at any time.

‘If there is any measure that we can put in place to promote safety there then we will do.’

The junction has been the site of numerous accidents in the past, including when a car overturned in April this year.