To: The Highways Agency

Stop A6 carnage in North Bedfordshire

Stop A6 carnage in North Bedfordshire

Introduce traffic-slowing measures (roundabouts, traffic lights, speed cameras) between the stretch of the A6 in North Bedfordshire that runs from the junction with Templars Way (MK44 1PZ) to Biogen Westwood (NN10 0SQ). As part of these measures, remove the dangerously short stretch of dual carriageway (the shortest in the country) that begins at the junction with Templars Way.

Why is this important?

There have been two major accidents on this stretch of the A6 in the past few weeks - so severe that air ambulances were required. Drivers routinely speed on this narrow stretch of road, a hazard which is exacerbated suicidally by their tendency to use the right-hand turning reservation into Park Lane (MK44 1LX) for overtaking, and the almost total lack of visibility from the Templars Way junction (MK44 1PZ) leftward, owing to vegetation and crash barriers, when trying to cross the dual carriageway to turn right.

In addition, supercar events and similar gatherings at the Sharnbrook Hotel regularly result, despite the hotel's best efforts in putting up warning signage and safety tape, in fast cars using this stretch of the A6 (as well as surrounding residential roads) as their personal racetrack.

There *will* be death on this stretch of road if the relevant agency does not act decisively to slow the traffic down and to ensure that those who persist in driving irresponsibly are systematically caught, fined, and, if necessary, banned.

North Bedfordshire (Sharnbrook, Souldrop, Rushden)

Reasons for signing

  • On my regular commute to work this morning, a driver pulled out of Park Lane (heading toward Bedford) and almost hit my car side-on; he had no regard for the safety of other road users. Last week, I was late to work due to the fatal crash near to the exact same site. I worry for my own safety every day that I commute along this stretch, but even more so for those on motorbikes as road users here do not look properly before pulling out.
  • I use this stretch of road and want it to be safe.
  • Bedford Borough Council recently voted to substantially raise 6th form bus fares to Sharnbrook Academy from £380 to £890 pa - which has led to an increase of traffic on an already dangerous stretch of road, together with the fact that SA has massively increased in size. More traffic on a road that is already hazardous for numerous reasons.

Updates

2017-11-22 18:51:52 +0000

100 signatures reached

2017-11-22 17:50:48 +0000

50 signatures reached

2017-11-22 16:10:47 +0000

25 signatures reached

2017-11-22 15:30:50 +0000

Many thanks to Oliver for pointing out that this stretch of the A6 featured on the Traffic Cops programme a few years back with a nasty accident at the garage. So it has 'form" - and the police know it. Why is the Highways Agency not listening to them?

2017-11-22 14:44:35 +0000

10 signatures reached