The A64: man is vic­tim No. 11

The Scarborough Evening News - - FRONT PAGE - By Carl Gav­aghan carl.gav­ @thescar­boronews

Fresh calls for ac­tion have been made fol­low­ing the11th death on the A64 in just over a year.

A 26-year-old man was killed just af­ter 6pm on Mon­day af­ter he was struck by a blue Ford Fo­cus just out­side Sher­burn.

Po­lice are ap­peal­ing for wit­nesses and at­ten­tion has once again been fo­cused on the road, which has one of the high­est se­ri­ous ac­ci­dent rates in the north of Eng­land.

Cllr David Jef­fels, who sits

on North York­shire County Coun­cil’s Trans­port Scru­tiny Com­mit­tee, said that planned works to the road can not come quick enough.

He said: “There has been too much tragedy on that stretch of road.

“It is a fast road and car­ries a huge vol­ume of traf­fic through­out the day and night and we need safety mea­sures in place.

“The com­mit­tee has been push­ing for by­passes at Rilling­ton and Sher­burn along­side other works to try and re­duce the dread­ful se­ri­ous ac­ci­dent rate on the Mal­ton to Seamer stretch.

“The A64 is top of the county coun­cil’s pri­or­ity ac­tion list for im­prove­ment work to be car­ried out by the High­ways Agency and this lat­est sad fa­tal­ity will fur­ther step up the cam­paign. The mat­ter will un­doubt­edly be raised at the forth­com­ing meet­ing of the Trans­port Scru­tiny Com­mit­tee.”

Po­lice are ap­peal­ing for wit­nesses to come for­ward as soon as pos­si­ble, in­clud­ing any­one who pos­si­bly re­calls ei­ther the man or the blue Ford Fo­cus prior to the col­li­sion.

If you can help, please call North York­shire Po­lice on 101, select op­tion 2,

Hun­dreds of peo­ple have so far backed a Scar­bor­ough News cam­paign to press the Gov­ern­ment to re­lease the cash to make the road safe for all its users.

Ear­lier this year, a meet­ing of MPs, busi­nesses and lo­cal author­i­ties un­der the um­brel- la of the new A64 Part­ner­ship Group backed plans to dual the road be­tween the Hop­grove round­about in York and the Jin­nah restau­rant near the Bar­ton le Wil­lows junc­tion.

Speak­ing at the meet­ing at Sand Hut­ton, Kevin Hollinrake, MP for Thirsk, Mal­ton and Fi­ley, said it was vi­tal for safety and the fu­ture of in­vest­ment that the work was car­ried out. He said: “There a vi­tal eco­nomic and tourism rea­sons why the A64 needs in­see­ing vest­ment but there have also been tragic events.”

In June, Charles McLaugh­lin, 53, and Ju­dith McLaugh­lin, 58, from Wel­burn, were killed on the A64.

It is be­lieved they were cross­ing the road from north to south at a bus stop near the junc­tion to Wel­burn when the col­li­sion oc­curred with a white Vaux­hall Mokka that was trav­el­ling to­wards Scar­bor­ough.

Their deaths came just a month af­ter an­other cou­ple, Dave Tinker and Julie Gough, were killed in al­most iden­ti­cal cir­cum­stances.

In July 2016 Paul Dock­erty, 58, and his new wife Su­san, 57, both from Leeds, died when the car they were trav­el­ling in af­ter the wed­ding col­lided with a HGV on the A64.

Their guests Joy and Derek Green, who were aged 60 and 63 re­spec­tively and from Scar­bor­ough, also died fol­low­ing the crash.

‘It is a fast road and car­ries a huge vol­ume of traf­fic through­out the day and night and we need safety mea­sures in place’ Cllr David Jef­fels

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