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COUNCIL RESPOND TO CALLS FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO ROAD SAFETY AT FOREST ROAD


The Isle of Wight Council says that it understands public concern about yesterday’s fatal crash at Forest Road in Newport, but that changes to road safety measures will only be made following investigations into the incident.

1 person died and 19 people were injured in yesterday’s crash at Vittlefields Cross when a double decker bus collided with 2 cars.

The crash was declared a major incident and prompted 4 air ambulances to be drafted in. A total of 4 people were airlifted to mainland hospitals.

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A petition has been swiftly launched calling for traffic lights to be erected at the crossroads junction. It has already attracted 2,100 signatures.

In response to calls for improved road safety measures, a spokesperson for the Isle of Wight Council has said:

“The council understands public concern about what has happened at Forest Road and expresses its sympathies to all those who have been affected.

“Relevant Island agencies and the police are still investigating the causes of this incident and, until they have completed their work, it is inappropriate to comment further.

“In general terms, any decision by the council to implement road safety measures is something that would be only done following the advice and input of those relevant agencies and experts after a thorough investigation of the circumstances of what happened.

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“The council hopes the public will understand this cannot be done immediately”.

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Lynda Chandler
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Lynda Chandler

This road has claimed numerous lives over the years, how many more accidents and fatalities is it going to take before something is done??

JHVF
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JHVF

There is no need for the Council to ‘await the result of the investigation’ into this particular incident, whilst obviously tragic and significant it is just the last of many accidents at this crossroads.
The most significant danger is the speed of traffic coming over the brow of the hill from the Yarmouth direction, that has always been the main problem, other issues and errors have no doubt also contributed but that hill brow and speed is the real worry

Fred Nurke
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Fred Nurke

The council will do nothing yet, and not for some time to come.
They are concerned that their action could be seen as an admission of responsibility. No, they will wait for an enquiry report, which will probably take a year or more.
Look how long they took to put railings in place at Yaverland car park after the incident there. Two years, was it?

It would be interesting to know how many other collisions have occurred there over the past 20 years, compared with other sites, as we all seem to hear of regular incidents there.

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