Calls for road to be made safer after fatal crash

Linda Harding pictured on her previous horse Bluebelle 3 years ago
Linda Harding pictured on her previous horse Bluebelle 3 years ago
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CALLS are being made to improve safety measures along the road where a horserider collided with a car and died.

Linda Harding’s Highland pony bolted out of a bridlepath on to Fleet End Road in Warsash, hitting the back of a Vauxhall Corsa, throwing her into the road.

And although there is currently no suggestion that the driver was at fault in this incident, residents living nearby have said it was an accident waiting to happen.

The junction sees Fleet End Road, Dibles Road, New Road and the bridlepath all merging on the same corner.

Georgia Ashworth, 24, lives overlooking the corner and said: ‘People do hare along this particular street and there has been a bit of a campaign to do something about it.

‘Someone did say it would take someone dying before something got done, and now look what’s happened.

‘There’s a lot of horseriders along here all the time, but there’s also the cyclists and joggers, and there’s no pavement for a lot of the road.

‘There’s a lot more near misses along this stretch than I think people realise.’

And Theresa Powell, also of Fleet End Road, said: If you come down here from the Warsash Road end, there are more houses at that end and there are always cars parked on the road so some people get a bit impatient, and then when it clears out along here they tend to put their foot down – a number of times I’ve been in my garden and shouted at people to slow down.

‘And if you come in from the south it’s a very narrow, twisty country road, and again people come up there way too fast.

‘If something positive can come out of this, it doesn’t take away from the tragedy, but perhaps it can provide some protection for others in the future.’

Residents would like to see signs warning that horseriders are in the area, and would also like to see the whole road reduced to 30mph. Some stretches are currently national speed limit.

Ward councillor Trevor Cartwright said: ‘This is a tragic accident and I know that junction well, but I wasn’t aware of any particular problems around it.’

However, he added that he would welcome any applications from residents to put the council’s temporary speed reduction signs in the area.

Police are continuing their investigation. Anyone with information about the incident, which took place at about 4.15pm on Tuesday, should contact PC James Chapman of Fratton roads policing unit on 101, quoting operation Celesta.