Gosport accident blackspot saw ‘10 crashes’ in 12 years say police

The notorious Gosport junction of Grove Road and Heritage Way in Priddy's Hard saw just 10 crashes resulting in injuries over 12 years, figures have shown
The notorious Gosport junction of Grove Road and Heritage Way in Priddy's Hard saw just 10 crashes resulting in injuries over 12 years, figures have shown

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A NOTORIOUS junction saw just 10 crashes resulting in injuries over 12 years, figures have revealed.

Between January 1, 2002 and May 31, 2014 there were 10 crashes at the junction of Grove Road and Heritage Way in Priddy’s Hard, Gosport.

But ward councillor Roger Allen said the seemingly small number of crashes is still a concern.

He said: ‘It’s always been a concern. There have been so many incidents, there’s been crashes and some very near-misses, which of course don’t get recorded.

‘Just about everything that can be done to make it safer has been done.’

Cllr Allen added the blind crossroad junction was modified several times after it was first built.

He said traffic lights have been put on a significant delay to make people wait longer before they can go.

‘That was done on purpose because of the situation,’ said Cllr Allen.

It comes as figures from Hampshire police revealed that there were 12 crashes involving injuries.

Police said nine of those were classed as slight and three were serious.

Three people were arrested over crashes that took place from 2005.

Back in March 2006 The News reported there were 16 crashes in 18 months.

But Cllr Peter Chegwyn, the Hampshire County Council member for Hardway, disputed the figures.

He said: ‘The actual number of recorded incidents is the thin end of the wedge.

‘There are a lot more that don’t get recorded by Hampshire highways.’

He added the junction should be looked at afresh to try and reduce the number of crashes.

He said: ‘There are numerous shunts you hear about.

‘It does need a completely fresh look again.

‘In Heritage Way there’s a generally increasing concern about speeding traffic.’

Before the Priddy’s Hard link road opened in 2002 Cllr Allen and campaigners had warned it would be dangerous with drivers ignoring ‘ahead only’ signs.

In the first 24 hours of it opening there were several reported near misses.

Several calls for action have been made over the years – including a coroner warning drivers to take care after a bus passenger died following a crash at the junction.

Just last month a van and a car crashed, with the male car driver treated for minor injuries.