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Safety measures urged on 'Cornwall's deadliest road' near Falmouth

By West Briton  |  Posted: October 25, 2012

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Cornwall Council said the road had a low number of accidents, but an "unusually high proportion" of fatalities

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QUESTIONS are being asked over whether a stretch of road near Falmouth is the "most deadly in Cornwall" following the sixth death in eight years.

Officials have admitted the 2km section between Treluswell on the A39 and the A394 at Longdowns has been the site of an "unusually high" number of fatal accidents.

The latest death was a fortnight ago.

Mabe parish councillor Peter Tisdale said: "This section of road has a proven, disastrous track record. I would like to know if this is the most deadly road in Cornwall.

"How many more people are going to die before something is done?"

Cornwall Council said the road had a low number of accidents, but an "unusually high proportion" of fatalities.

In 10 years there had been 12 injury accidents and 5 fatal accidents, one of which killed a couple.

In 2004 motorcyclist Jonathan DeHoedt, from Camborne, was killed in a collision involving two other vehicles.

David and Lynn Green died in a crash in 2007, with Graham Thacker being jailed for three years for causing their deaths by dangerous driving.

Hannah Handy, 35, of Helston, died in a two-vehicle collision in 2008 and 37-year-old Merryn Butler, from Penzance, was killed in 2010 in a collision with a minibus. Both incidents occurred in icy conditions.

Two weeks ago a 26-year-old, whom police have still not named, died instantly in a collision with a lorry.

Mr Tisdale said: "The very least they could do is put up signs saying how many people have died, like they have at Treluswell with motorcyclists.

"I'm told each fatal accident costs the police and county council around £1 million, never mind the human cost to families.

"It would seem far better to spend a few thousand pounds, even if it just saves one person's life," he said.

"I use this road regularly and can't believe how stupid some people are with their overtaking manoeuvres."

Adrian Roberts, a Cornwall Council road safety engineer, said: "If we had a lower speed limit you might get more overtaking.

"I understand local concern when things like this happen, but we have to think about the anticipated effects of any measures."

He said the opening of a waste transfer station had helped by stopping overtaking in that particular area.

"While there have been a number of high-profile accidents, they are related to specific behaviours," he added.

Mr Roberts said the road did not feature among the county's top 300 accident cluster sites.

Mr Tisdale responded: "It may well be driver behaviour, but measures would hopefully reduce impact speeds, which may at least make some of this type of accident survivable."

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  • Rob1Gillatt  |  October 25 2012, 12:23PM

    The headline reads; 'Cornwall's deadliest road' The article reads; "QUESTIONS are being asked over whether a stretch of road near Falmouth is the "most deadly in Cornwall" following the sixth death in eight years." Is it the deadliest or not? Apparently not:- "Mr Roberts said the road did not feature among the county's top 300 accident cluster sites"

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  • bombheads12  |  October 25 2012, 9:52AM

    "Adrian Roberts, a Cornwall Council road safety engineer, said:"While there have been a number of high-profile accidents, they are related to specific behaviours," he added. That is an understatenment! lets put some light on the subject it is probably caused by a badly designed road, and people wanting to overtake slow moving vehicles whilst trying to get to work in Truro or Falmouth, yes ive seen idiotic overtaking. but is it not understandable when youve been stuck behind a Tractor travelling at 30mph all the way from Edgcumbe, or the running of pony and traps along that road. There is no way that visitors are made aware that the central island by the recycling centre is only one lane each side it does look like its going to expand into a dual carriageway. So yes more signs need to be put up. Oh and by the way if Adrian Roberts would like to come with me for a few hours on these lovely cornish roads i can recommend a few places where he and his predecessors need to return their wages as they have designed absolutley abysmal roads as a good example look at Chiverton cross roundabout, and the roundabout by the park and ride in Truro to name a few.........

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