Harpur Ward Councillors Colleen Atkins and Louise Jackson have raised concerns about the safety at the dangerous crossroads of Shakespeare Road with Warwick Avenue and Cowper Road.
They have arranged a site meeting with council officers to see what can be done to improve safety as this has been the scene of numerous collisions over the years and, although the Borough Council has made improvements, accidents still occur.
On Thursday 29 October at approximately 10.10am, there was yet another a collision, this time between two cars resulting in one mounting the pavement outside Rushmoor School and the other the pavement near the school side entrance.
The wall outside Hillstone Grange on the corner of Shakespeare Road with Warwick Avenue was knocked down yet again in April this year and, ironically, was being rebuilt on the time of the recent accident but was not affected by it.
In April, Cllr Atkins and Jackson wrote to the Highways Department to request traffic lights or some extra safety measures at the Shakespeare Road junction. to reduce these accidents. Officers advised that lights would cost in excess of £100,000 and the request would be added to the list of capital programme requests but were unlikely to receive funding for several years.
In 2009, following a request from Cllr Atkins, the Council erected better warning signage and painted yellow hatching which has been repainted several times for the crossroads at Shakespeare Road, Warwick Avenue and Cowper Road.
Colleen and Louise have repeatedly pressed for further safety improvements at the three crossroads along the Cowper Road and Warwick Avenue route each of which have had numerous accidents.
The three junctions are:
· Cowper Road, Byron Crescent and Spenser Road
· Cowper Road, Shakespeare Road and Warwick Avenue
· Warwick Avenue and Linden Road
The Councillors have also requested improved safety measures at the Linden Road and Warwick Avenue crossroads and have a site meeting arranged with officers to see what can be done there.
Colleen said, “I use the Shakespeare Road crossroads and the Warwick Avenue crossroads on a daily basis. They are both very dangerous and have to be crossed with the utmost of caution, especially the Shakespeare Road junction where the slightest error of judgement could easily lead to a collision with serious consequences.
Referring to the latest accident, she added, "Thank goodness it didn't occur during term time or pupils could have been hit as they use that route to walk to sports lessons. These junctions are a nightmare and need to be made safer for everyone’s sake.”
Cllr Jackson said, “Cllr Atkins and I managed to get improvements at one of the crossroads as we contributed our ward funds to have a mini roundabout installed at the Cowper Road, Spenser Road, Byron Crescent crossroads as every wall of the four gardens had been knocked down several times. I’m pleased the new mini-roundabout has made a massive difference to road safety. We now urgently need extra measures at the other junctions.”
The councillors have also requested a 20mph speed limit for Shakespeare Road as well as average speed cameras but unfortunately funding is not currently available.
Cllr Colleen Atkins and Louise Jackson by the mini-roundabout they paid for from their ward funds. Situated at the crossroads of Cowper Road with Spenser Road and Byron Crescent, the mini-roundabout has reduced the number of accidents and made the junction safer.