Worried residents call for urgent road improvements after serious Portsmouth crash

An ambulance car at the scene of the accident on Eastern Road yesterday morning Picture: UKNIP
An ambulance car at the scene of the accident on Eastern Road yesterday morning Picture: UKNIP
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URGENT calls for improved road safety have been made after a fatal crash brought Portsmouth to a standstill.

It comes following the death of a 52-year-old biker from Gosport who collided with a pick-up truck in Eastern Road yesterday morning.

I have never seen anything like that since living here. It just looked horrible.

The incident happened at 6.28am, at the junction of Kirpal Road, and closed Eastern Road in both directions for several hours.

The man’s Yamaha moped collided with the yellow Mitsubishi truck from Portsmouth City Council contractors Colas.

The injured rider was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, but later died of his injuries. The truck driver was not injured.

Shocked residents living nearby have told of their shock and branded the junction a death trap.

Kerry Crockford, 45, has lived in East Shore Way for seven years and said: ‘It’s diabolical to try and get out of East Shore Way and Kirpal Road.

‘They should never have got rid of the lights at the junction.

‘You have to wait for a pedestrian to use the traffic lights or you have to take your life in your hands.’

Josh Sweetman, 24, also of East Shore Way, was horrified by the collision and called for new road safety measures.

He said: ‘I was shocked. I have never seen anything like that since living here. It looked horrible.’

And civic leaders have backed calls for roads to be made safer.

City Lib Dem leader, Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson, said: ‘Clearly, we need to look at the Eastern Road.

‘It’s dangerous and sadly a family has lost a life.’

Cllr Lynne Stagg is the city’s Lib Dem highways boss. She said Eastern Road could be treacherous but claimed there was little the council could do to improve the situation or the route’s layout.

She explained that new traffic lights would not necessarily improve safety levels in the road.

Instead, she called on drivers, bikers and cyclists to be more careful when using the city’s streets.

Her plea comes after Portsmouth was this month named as the most dangerous place in the UK for cyclists outside London.

Cllr Stagg said: ‘This is a truly tragic incident and my heart goes out to the man’s family.’

She added: ‘Awareness desperately needs to improve, not just in motorists but in cyclists and motorbike riders too.’

Police shut the road for three hours while crash investigators analysed the site.

Officers are now appealing for witnesses to the collision.

Anyone with information about the collision is asked to call Sgt Richard Grant on 101, quoting 44160404303.

A spokeswoman for the city council added: ‘Our thoughts are with the families of all involved and we’ll support the police with their investigation however we can.’