Extra safety work ruled out on Hayling Island road where two died

113105_RTC_HAYLING_01/09/11''Emergency services at the scene of a road traffic collision in West Lane, Hayling Island. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (113105-175)
113105_RTC_HAYLING_01/09/11''Emergency services at the scene of a road traffic collision in West Lane, Hayling Island. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (113105-175)

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TRAFFIC calming measures will not be introduced along a notorious road in the wake of two young men dying in a car crash.

A road safety investigation was carried out in West Lane, Hayling Island, and concluded it was not suitable for speed humps or chicanes as there are no street lights to illuminate the winding lane at night.

The 40mph speed limit will stay, although Hampshire County Council has said it will work with police to tackle speeding.

The investigation came after the death of Jason Matthews, 22, of Haslemere Gardens, Hayling, and his pal Perry Morgan, 21, from Cowplain, who died when their car overturned and hit a tree in West Lane on September 1.

There is an adverse camber in the road where the car is believed to have flipped over, although the police investigation has yet to be completed.

The speed limit is 40mph for the majority of the rural lane, which is often used as a shortcut by motorists.

Jason’s family said they believed more needs to be done to make the road safer.

His brother Scott Matthews, 25, who runs Relentless Steak & Lobster House in Southsea, said: ‘It comes down to money.

‘What does the council tax get spent on? There should be more lighting down there and there’s some dangerous corners.

‘People are not going to stick to the speed limit.

‘Maybe they could put a couple of speed bumps before you turn into the corners.

‘A couple of speed bumps is not going to cost that much money.’

Resident Anne Spencer-Harbutt, 53, said she had seen eight deaths on the road in her 36 years living at West Lane.

She said: ‘I am disappointed they are not going to do anything to reduce the speed limit.’

Hayling Councillor Frank Pearce wrote to county council highways leader, Cllr Mel Kendal, to ask for the findings of the investigation.

Cllr Kendal said the existing speed limits were ‘appropriate for the character of the road’.

He said: ‘Physical traffic calming measures, such as road humps and chicanes, are not suitable for implementation in West Lane, given that there is no street lighting. The introduction of physical features would be unexpected on this type of rural road and could lead to other safety problems.’

But he said they would carry out speeding surveys.

He added: ‘Subject to the results, the police have indicated that they will be prepared to undertake active speed enforcement on the route.’

The road is set to be resurfaced next year and more speed signs may be put up.