Mo­torists told to slow down at black spot

Author­i­ties urged to re­view A355 speed limit af­ter fa­tal car crashes

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

The A355, be­tween Amer­sham and Bea­cons­field, has been the scene of a num­ber of ac­ci­dents re­cently. The most re­cent was on Sun­day Oc­to­ber 11 when a 65-year-old man, Hugh Pir­rie, from Hamp­shire, was killed fol­low­ing a two-car col­li­sion.

The road was closed for five hours fol­low­ing the ac­ci­dent.

Bucks County Coun­cil’s cabi­net mem­ber for trans­porta­tion, Mark Shaw, said: “My con­do­lences go to the fam­ily who have lost a cher­ished mem­ber.

“There have been a num­ber of ac­ci­dents at this spot on the A355, and af­ter ev­ery fa­tal ac­ci­dent the site is vis­ited by the County Coun­cil Road Safety Team.

“Clearly, mo­torists speed­ing and over­tak­ing is a huge is­sue in this area, it is a road I use well and I make a plea to all mo­torists to drive safely and within the speed lim­its, and only over­take when it is safe to do so.”

At the end of Au­gust Ali­son Kelly, 29, was killed fol­low­ing a col­li­sion on the same road. Miss Kelly, orig­i­nally from Portsmouth, was train­ing for her BHS rid­ing in­struc­tor ex­ams at an event yard near Amer­sham.

Just a few weeks ear­lier, in July, a fe­male cy­clist sus­tained life-threat­en­ing in­juries af­ter a road traf­fic col­li­sion on the road.

Owner of Ac­tive Pet, which is in Coleshill and just off the A355, Philippa Mitchell, said: “There are loads of blind cor­ners down the road and peo­ple of­ten over­take.

“It is not lit at night and lor­ries go down the road as well – the speed limit could be re­duced from 60mph to 50mph.”

Bucks County Coun­cil’s deputy cabi­net mem­ber for trans­porta­tion, Paul Ir­win, said: “If crashes are hap­pen­ing be­cause of the road then the speed limit could be re­duced.

“There would need to be a Traf­fic Road Or­der and lo­cal peo­ple would be con­sulted. How­ever, only two per cent of crashes hap­pen be­cause of the road, most are down to driver er­ror. I know there have been a lot of ac­ci­dents in the county re­cently, it is a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion.”

Bea­cons­field Coro­ner’s Court has not yet an­nounced when the in­quest into Mr Pir­rie’s death will be held.

An in­quest into Miss Kelly’s death is due to take place on Wed­nes­day Novem­ber 11.

A car is driven past the scene of an ac­ci­dent on the A355

Ali­son Kelly.

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