CALLS have been made for new signs at an ‘accident black spot’.
Bob Hind has lived in Purbrook Way, in Leigh Park, for 25 years. He says during that time he has seen countless near misses, collisions and even a fatality at the junction with Park House Farm Way, opposite.
Last week there were two accidents in two days when the vehicles on Purbrook Way still had their indicators on after coming off the nearby Asda roundabout, leading drivers leaving Park House Farm Way that they were free to move off.
A consultation has just finished on improvement works to the Asda roundabout which should begin in the autumn.
That will include changing the junction but Mr Hind said the solution is even more simple.
The 62-year-old retired railwayman said: ‘The junction is a black spot and one of the reasons is that cars coming off the Asda roundabout are still indicating left to come down Purbrook Way.
‘There is not enough turn on the steering wheel to turn off the indicator thus when they come to the Park House Farm Way junction they are indicating to turn left down the road but of course, they are actually wanting to pass the junction.
‘Cars coming out of Park House Farm Way pull out and there’s another crash.
‘I have lived opposite the junction for over 25 years and have seen numerous crashes.
‘Some 20 ago a motorcyclist died in my arms when another car pulled out in front of him and over the top the rider went. Seriously injured, I had him in my arms and he just went.
‘The junction is to be remodelled this year but I don’t think it will ease matters.
‘I wrote to the council telling them that all that was needed was a sign stating “check your indicator” a few yards down from the roundabout but nothing was ever done.’
Councillor Sean Woodward, who is in charge of transport at Hampshire County Council, is reviewing the consultation and will make a ruling on the changes at his decision day on July 11.
He said he will consider Mr Hind’s comments if he sends them to him directly.
The proposals will see the roundabout increased to reduce delays; new traffic lights on both the Purbrook Way approaches to the roundabout; new pedestrian and cycle paths and signal controlled crossings.