Damning figures reveal roads in the Cotswolds have worst safety record in whole of Gloucestershire

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Damning figures reveal roads in the Cotswolds have worst safety record in whole of Gloucestershire Damning figures reveal roads in the Cotswolds have worst safety record in whole of Gloucestershire

MORE people die on roads in the Cotswolds than anywhere else in Gloucestershire, according to the most recent figures.

The damning statistics were brought to light at a recent meeting held by Cotswold District Council’s Audit and Scrutiny Committee, in which members agreed that urgent action must be taken to improve the area’s roads.

Over 330 people were injured on roads in the Cotswolds during 2011, the equivalent of one person being hurt on nearly every day of the year.

Neighbouring Cheltenham, a town with a population 30,000 greater than the Cotswolds, only saw 230 accidents in the same time period.

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, MP for the Cotswolds, said: “If these figures are accurate then they are clearly a cause for concern. I am always in contact with the Highways Agency and the police to see what can be done about road safety across the Cotswolds.

“I often meet with local residents associations to discuss specific local concerns and to work to improve the safety in specific areas that experience frequent accidents.”

Figures reveal that for every 1,000 people in the Cotswolds, 4.02 will sustain injuries in on the roads – two people more than in Cheltenham and 1.22 more people than Gloucester.

The data also shows that there has been an increase in the number of people that have been killed or seriously injured on roads in Cirencester between 2007 and 2011, compared to the last time numbers were recorded between 1994 and 1998.

Within Gloucestershire there is 571 kilometres of A roads, 45 per cent of all accidents in 2011 happened on one of these roads with the most notorious being the A419 near Cirencester, the A417 at Birdlip and the A429 Fosse Way.

Paul Hodgkinson, a seasoned campaigner for road safety and Parliamentary candidate for the Cotswolds, said: “These figures back up what I have felt for a while, that the Cotswolds has a series of roads which can be dangerous. I’m saddened that these figures show the Cotswolds to have the most accidents in Gloucestershire.

“The NoCrash (North Cotswolds Rural area Against Speeding Harm) has shown that it’s really by people working together that speeds can be reduced in future. I have sought to bring together the Highways Agency, the police, parish councils and residents to work together to get better enforcement.”

The shocking statistics, coupled with the fact the Cotswolds is failing in terms of ambulance response times, will no doubt be a cause of concern for local authorities and motorists alike.

Members of the Audit and Scrutiny committee voted to hold a special meeting on road safety in the New Year.

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7:25am Thu 19 Dec 13

Col Mustard says...

Poorly maintained road surfaces, road signage including keep left signs not maintained, road markings worn out and not maintained and a County Council and MP making excuses . This coupled with the eradication of traffic police and supine road safety organisations results in the what we have.

People will continue to be hurt and killed until the above changes . As is is usual nothing will . Perhaps the Police Commisioner would like to comment on the number of roadside vehicle checks done now compared to 10 years ago by traffic police?
Poorly maintained road surfaces, road signage including keep left signs not maintained, road markings worn out and not maintained and a County Council and MP making excuses . This coupled with the eradication of traffic police and supine road safety organisations results in the what we have. People will continue to be hurt and killed until the above changes . As is is usual nothing will . Perhaps the Police Commisioner would like to comment on the number of roadside vehicle checks done now compared to 10 years ago by traffic police? Col Mustard

9:03am Thu 19 Dec 13

Des Moore says...

As a Firefighter working out of Cirencester I have to deal with the aftermath of far too many collisions on our local roads. In my experience most are caused by people driving far to fast for the road conditions. And the increased use of mobile phones. Please take care this Christmas folks and let’s not have a repeat of last year.
As a Firefighter working out of Cirencester I have to deal with the aftermath of far too many collisions on our local roads. In my experience most are caused by people driving far to fast for the road conditions. And the increased use of mobile phones. Please take care this Christmas folks and let’s not have a repeat of last year. Des Moore

10:17am Thu 19 Dec 13

cirencabbie says...

The sad and inevitable result of a council that considers potholes to be organic speed humps.
The sad and inevitable result of a council that considers potholes to be organic speed humps. cirencabbie

12:50pm Thu 19 Dec 13

David Broad says...

In this day and age surely we can have up to date figures, not 2011 figures?
But analysing the figures I am surprised the A40 is not more prominent as historically the single carriageway Northleach Bypass is a black spot, and also I am surprised that the A 435 /436 "No Crash" area does not feature, given the level of press interest this area has received, I don't know about other people but I sometimes think the speed limits only apply to me as I constantly get overtaken on the A 436 between Seven Springs and the Kilkenny and I seem to create a massive queue behind me when I drive down Burford road at a steady 30... Not to worry, soon we will all be tracked by satellites and get automatic fines for every single speed infringement. It is happening already for youngsters who can have a black box fitted to reduce their insurance costs which then rise if they drive fast, but not if they drive stupidly and straight line all the corners to reduce G forces and don't stop at red traffic lights...
In this day and age surely we can have up to date figures, not 2011 figures? But analysing the figures I am surprised the A40 is not more prominent as historically the single carriageway Northleach Bypass is a black spot, and also I am surprised that the A 435 /436 "No Crash" area does not feature, given the level of press interest this area has received, I don't know about other people but I sometimes think the speed limits only apply to me as I constantly get overtaken on the A 436 between Seven Springs and the Kilkenny and I seem to create a massive queue behind me when I drive down Burford road at a steady 30... Not to worry, soon we will all be tracked by satellites and get automatic fines for every single speed infringement. It is happening already for youngsters who can have a black box fitted to reduce their insurance costs which then rise if they drive fast, but not if they drive stupidly and straight line all the corners to reduce G forces and don't stop at red traffic lights... David Broad

1:09pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Col Mustard says...

Take particular on Christmas and New Years Eve.

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Firefighters are to strike on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve and will refuse to work voluntary overtime during the weekend after Christmas, in an escalation of their long-running dispute with the government over pensions.
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Take particular on Christmas and New Years Eve. " Firefighters are to strike on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve and will refuse to work voluntary overtime during the weekend after Christmas, in an escalation of their long-running dispute with the government over pensions. " Col Mustard

1:38pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Col Mustard says...

Statistics do exist try crashmap.co.uk and put in the location ......
Look at Cirencester for fatalities and then look at South Cerney Spine Road , a much higher level of fatalities !! Any move by the Council to reduce the speed limit er no ! Are the road markings clear er no they are worn out or covered in mud ! Are the keep left signs at road junctions visible er no they covered in mud . There have been two serious accidents on the Spine road in the last 8 weeks . So has the local MP done anything other than claim he talks to the Highways Agency who have their head up their backside. What are the Police and Road safety organisation doing ?

What am I doing ? compiling photographs of the state of the local roads and serving notice on GCC they are failing in their legal duty to maintain the roads and if we had a visible Police force maybe just maybe less people would be killed and injured....By the way why is random breath testing a Christmas event ?
Statistics do exist try crashmap.co.uk and put in the location ...... Look at Cirencester for fatalities and then look at South Cerney Spine Road , a much higher level of fatalities !! Any move by the Council to reduce the speed limit er no ! Are the road markings clear er no they are worn out or covered in mud ! Are the keep left signs at road junctions visible er no they covered in mud . There have been two serious accidents on the Spine road in the last 8 weeks . So has the local MP done anything other than claim he talks to the Highways Agency who have their head up their backside. What are the Police and Road safety organisation doing ? What am I doing ? compiling photographs of the state of the local roads and serving notice on GCC they are failing in their legal duty to maintain the roads and if we had a visible Police force maybe just maybe less people would be killed and injured....By the way why is random breath testing a Christmas event ? Col Mustard

3:57pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Des Moore says...

Totally agree with Col Mustard with the breath testing should be all year round and the roads are in a desperate need of looking after. Just for info I’m a Retained Firefighter and not in the FBU, so along with some of my colleagues i will not be on strike.
Totally agree with Col Mustard with the breath testing should be all year round and the roads are in a desperate need of looking after. Just for info I’m a Retained Firefighter and not in the FBU, so along with some of my colleagues i will not be on strike. Des Moore

3:37am Fri 20 Dec 13

Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum says...

Col Mustard wrote:
Poorly maintained road surfaces, road signage including keep left signs not maintained, road markings worn out and not maintained and a County Council and MP making excuses . This coupled with the eradication of traffic police and supine road safety organisations results in the what we have.

People will continue to be hurt and killed until the above changes . As is is usual nothing will . Perhaps the Police Commisioner would like to comment on the number of roadside vehicle checks done now compared to 10 years ago by traffic police?
Bump!!

Spot on Colonel
[quote][p][bold]Col Mustard[/bold] wrote: Poorly maintained road surfaces, road signage including keep left signs not maintained, road markings worn out and not maintained and a County Council and MP making excuses . This coupled with the eradication of traffic police and supine road safety organisations results in the what we have. People will continue to be hurt and killed until the above changes . As is is usual nothing will . Perhaps the Police Commisioner would like to comment on the number of roadside vehicle checks done now compared to 10 years ago by traffic police?[/p][/quote]Bump!! Spot on Colonel Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum

8:44am Mon 23 Dec 13

ciren001 says...

The road markings on the Kingsmeadow roundabout are a disgrace.
Its a tricky roadabout at the best of times, but with barely visible markings it is very confusing.
The road markings on the Kingsmeadow roundabout are a disgrace. Its a tricky roadabout at the best of times, but with barely visible markings it is very confusing. ciren001

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