Lat­est in a string of ac­ci­dents here

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

ON THURS­DAY, Oc­to­ber 9, a white mini­van was trav­el­ling north­wards along Swan Road and col­lided, head on, with a U3 bus, which was go­ing to­wards the air­port.

Both were trav­el­ling in the mid­dle of the road and are likely to have been trav­el­ling at not less than 30 miles an hour; the speed limit on this road is 30mph.

Given a dog-leg bend in the road, one does not get a straight view and traf­fic is of­ten forced to slow down and let the on­com­ing ve­hi­cles pass.

There have been a num­ber of ac­ci­dents in the past around the same spot, in­clud­ing fa­tal­i­ties, and res­i­dents sub­mit­ted a pe­ti­tion to the coun­cil to in­tro­duce a 20mph zone a year ago (I am the pe­ti­tion or­gan­iser).

The coun­cil, how­ever, is still op­pos­ing speed re­stric­tions in Swan Road. Sur­pris­ingly, none of West Dray­ton’s main roads have 20mph re­stric­tions, yet all vil­lages around, in­clud­ing Yiewsley, Sip­son and Har­mondsworth, have speed humps. Traf­fic of­ten ex­ceeds the speed limit in Swan Road.

The ac­ci­dent hap­pened out­side the Bap­tist chapel at about 1pm. Two men in the van were in­jured but not se­ri­ously and the road was closed by po­lice for about an hour.

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