‘Dan­ger’ road needs safety mea­sures

Coun­cil­lor says some cars travel at dou­ble the 30mph limit

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Robert Cum­ber robert.cum­ber@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

SAFETY im­prove­ments must be made to a ‘dan­ger­ous’ road be­fore there are more se­ri­ous ac­ci­dents, a coun­cil­lor is de­mand­ing.

A to­tal of 350 peo­ple, ac­cord­ing to Labour coun­cil­lors, have signed a pe­ti­tion call­ing for a pedes­trian cross­ing and traf­fic-calm­ing mea­sures, such as speed ta­bles, in Swan Road, West Dray­ton.

In 2005, two teenagers died in a drink-driv­ing crash in the road, which con­nects Sta­tion Road with The Green, while in Novem­ber last year a bus crashed there in a head-on col­li­sion.

Calls for a 20mph speed limit on the road had been re­jected by Hilling­don Coun­cil fol­low­ing a pre­vi­ous pe­ti­tion, which had many fewer sig­na­tures, as the coun­cil said av­er­age speeds were be­low the ex­ist­ing 30mph limit.

But Labour coun­cil­lor Janet Dun­can, who pre­sented the latest pe­ti­tion to the coun­cil on Fri­day, June 5, said cars of­ten sped down the road at up to 60mph and the av­er­age speed was only so low be­cause of heavy traf­fic dur­ing peak hours.

“There are sev­eral bot­tle­necks in the road where cars have to stop, so if the av­er­age speed is 28mph it’s clear some driv­ers are go­ing much faster than that. You get cars go­ing 50 or 60mph out­side peak hours, which is re­ally dan­ger­ous,” she said.

“Last year there was a head-on col­li­sion with a bus, which could have been much nas­tier than it turned out to be.

“My fel­low (West Dray­ton) ward coun­cil­lor Jan Sweet­ing, who is sup­port­ing the pe­ti­tion, had a wing mir­ror knocked off when a car whizzed past. This road can be very dan­ger­ous, es­pe­cially for driv­ers not fa­mil­iar with it.”

The pe­ti­tion, which has the back­ing of Hayes & Har­ling­ton MP John McDon­nell, was or­gan­ised by Vladimir Matveev, who owns the Swan Guest House, in Swan Road.

About 100 of the sig­na­tures were col­lected by three chil­dren liv­ing in The Green – Livinia Stan­ley, seven, Os­car Stan­ley, five, and Sri­ana Bains, eight.

Swan Road is close to St Cather­ine Catholic Pri­mary School, in Money Road, and is used by many pupils walk­ing there.

Ms Dun­can said St Cather­ine was not cur­rently on the coun­cil’s list of schools to get 20mph zones around them but she hoped it would even­tu­ally be added and that the zone would in­clude Swan Road.

A coun­cil spokes­woman said: “We have re­ceived the pe­ti­tion. We welcome all pe­ti­tions and this one will be con­sid­ered in the usual man­ner.

“Re­gard­ing St Cather­ine Catholic Pri­mary School, should in­for­ma­tion sup­port­ing changes to the speed limit around that school come to light the coun­cil will en­sure this is con­sid­ered.”

n SPEED FEARS: Coun­cil­lor Janet Dun­can

n COL­LI­SIONS: Swan Road, in West Dray­ton

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