Is anybody listening?

Within the last month the Chichester Observer has carried two front page stories reporting on two serious accidents on the B2178. The first involved a serious injury and the second involved serious injuries and a fatality.

Chichester Observer 8th June 2011

Chichester Observer 13th May 2011

Since arriving in 2004 we have seen many accidents on this road. Everyone who uses the road regularly knows how dangerous it can be. Local residents have made constant representations to West Sussex Highways.

Yet the only response is there have not been enough fatalities to move the issue up the priority list. Once at the top of this list speed restriction measures etc will be considered.

To be fair some action was taken about a year ago – they took away the anti-skid red surface across the Hunters Race and Salthill Road junctions. Apparently this was a safety measure.

The real concern is the number of near misses that take place on a weekly basis. People overtaking cars turning right, cars pulling out in front of other cars, and emergency braking maneuvers are all part of every day life on this junction.

A simple bit of observation is all the Highways team need to adopt to make a judgement on how to prevent this road rising to the top of the fatalities list. Better still they could run the gauntlet in their own cars a few times.

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