Safety calls over country road death

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CALLS have been made for safety improvements on a country road where a man died.

Residents say the B2178 Old Broyle Road, in Chichester, has become increasingly busy as people avoid the A27.

John Boeijink, 30, from Devon, died and six other people were seriously injured in a crash on May 22.

Chichester City councillor Richard Plowman said: ‘One of our biggest problems is that the A27 improvements have been put back and put back.

‘Traffic is now using roads such as Broyle Road and roads around there as a bypass to get through to Havant and places like that.

‘It’s increased the amount of traffic on the roads recently and of course there are more housing developments coming in the north like Graylingwell and the Roussillon Barracks so there will be more traffic.’

He said the consequence is there is more traffic on roads not designed for it and the road infrastructure must be improved.

Chris Casburn, who has lived along the B2178 since 2007, said it had always been a fast road, but that speed seemed worse during the summer months when people were in high spirits and wanted to get home quickly after leaving work.

He said there have been six to eight crashes on the corner of Salthill Road and on a couple of occasions he had helped people who had been involved.

Mr Casburn said: ‘There is traffic calming when you get to Funtington, they have solar-powered signs, but there is nothing along this stretch.’

Figures from West Sussex County Council revealed that last year 10 car drivers were killed on the county’s roads, 107 seriously injured and 964 were classed as slight injuries.