A15 road safety record in spotlight

Traffic speeding along the A15 in Thurlby where a petition has been launched calling for a pedestrian crossing to be installed.
Traffic speeding along the A15 in Thurlby where a petition has been launched calling for a pedestrian crossing to be installed.
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The safety record of the A15 running through Bourne and Market Deeping is now firmly in the spotlight.

An incident involving two 11-year-old schoolgirls, who were critically injured on the A15 in Thurlby three weeks ago when a minibus hit them, has reinforced Lincolnshire County Council’s move to cut the speed limit there from 60mph to 40mph.

But residents want more, including pedestrian crossings in both Thurlby and Northorpe where 11 accidents took place between November 2008 and March 2013, according to figures from Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership (LRSP).

Clare White (33) of Thurlby, whose petition for pedestrian crossings has attracted almost 5,000 signatures, said: “We have to meet a certain criteria to have a crossing put in but I have a 10-year-old daughter myself who is due to start secondary school in September.

“She’ll have to catch the bus but trying to cross the road in Thurlby to get to the bus stop is very difficult.

“Hopefully, something positive will come out of this petition and we’ll get a crossing put in, even if it takes a few years.”

Before the crash on January 7, there were four serious accidents on the A15 between November 2008 and March 2013, including one in Thurlby where a 47-year-old woman died in January 2011.

But nationally, the A15 is classified as low-to-medium risk by the European Road Assessment Programme which identifies the best and worst roads for accidents in Europe.

Figures from Lincolnshire County Council which show the average collision rate per km on the A15 between Bourne and Market Deeping to have been less than one per cent in 2013 seem to support this.

John Siddle of LRSP said: “It is always tragic when incidents such as the ones on January 7 this year and in January 2011 occur.

“The area has been identified, through collision data and traffic surveys, for future road improvements with a view to reducing casualties in the area.”

Bourne and the Deepings community policing inspector Mike Burnett said: “The volume of traffic has increased on the A15 and as a result of that, Lincolnshire County Council has put in a 40mph speed limit which is to be applauded.

“But with the build up of new housing and traffic, you’ll have more collisions and what happened with the two girls on January 7 was an absolute tragedy.

“The police, the council, LRSP and Thurlby Parish Council are working together to make sure that nothing like this ever happens again.”