‘Deathtrap’ road toll is one-in-three

Lincolnshire County Council's executive member for highways and transport, Coun Richard Davies.
Lincolnshire County Council's executive member for highways and transport, Coun Richard Davies.

Nearly one-in-three crashes over a spell of almost 25 years on a “deathtrap” Crowland road have resulted in death or serious injury, the Guardian can reveal.

About 30 per cent of crashes on the A1073/A16 between 1990 and 2013, the most recent year for which results are available, left casualties either dead or seriously injured, according to figures from the Department of Transport obtained by a Freedom of Information request.

Crowland Parish Council chairman David Ringham.   Photo (Tim Wilson):  SG241112-141TW.   www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto ENGANL00120121126091818

Crowland Parish Council chairman David Ringham. Photo (Tim Wilson): SG241112-141TW. www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto ENGANL00120121126091818

More than 100 people were killed or seriously injured on the now declassified A1073 and A16, opened in August 2010, over the 23-year period in question when there was a total of 363 crashes.

Between 2010 and 2013, there were 30 crashes of which just nine resulted in death or serious injury.

The figures come as Crowland Parish Council continues with its plan to hold talks with county highways officials, police and road safety campaigners about the road where an 81-year-old woman died and four people were seriously injured in three separate accidents on May 20, June 1 and 5.

Parish council chairman David Ringham said: “We still want to talk with other agencies to try and organise a meeting where we can have discussions about working to make the A16 safer.

“But there’s no point in having those discussions if everybody isn’t there, so we’ve started that process and we’re waiting for the other agencies to get back to us.

“The safety of the A16 is certainly not off our agenda, in fact it’s very much on it and we’re looking forward to improving things.”

An in-depth report on the campaign to improve the A16’s safety record published in our sister newspaper, the Lincolnshire Free Press, four weeks ago showed that eight deaths, 41 serious injuries and 38 minor injuries had resulted from crashes there since August 2010.

Crowland parish and district councillor Bryan Alcock said: “The A1073 used to be the main arterial route to the southern part of Lincolnshire.

“But the road was unsuitable and fire crews were constantly being called out to clear up the results of fatal accidents.

“About 15 years ago, the parish council resolved to put the A1073 on every agenda for its meetings and we continued to lobby the Government and Lincolnshire County Council until the matter gradually seemed to achieve some importance.

“It became a priority on the county council’s building programme and Crowland was extremely grateful when it got the new road because the old A1073 was developing into an absolute deathtrap.”

John Siddle of the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership said: “Our county has a range of post-driving test courses to highlight road safety, change attitudes and improve behaviour on our roads.”