Motorists told to slow down at black spot
Authorities urged to review A355 speed limit after fatal car crashes
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