Collisions highest on Cotswolds roads

Cotswold district's roads most collision prone

Cotswold district's roads most collision prone

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ROAD safety figures from Gloucestershire County Council have revealed that the Cotswolds have the most road collisions in the county.

In total the Cotswolds had 611 reported collisions from 2011-2013, of which 23 resulted in fatalities.

MP for the Cotswolds Geoffrey Clifton-Brown commented on the issue, saying: “Road safety is clearly an incredibly important issue and one which I have campaigned on throughout my period as a Member of Parliament.

“In particular I have been leading the campaign to find a solution to the A417 Missing Link, which I am pleased is now beginning to seem more likely, with the Secretary of State for Transport visiting the road this week.”

“Whilst it is unfortunate that the Cotswolds has the highest proportion of accidents in Gloucestershire this is almost inevitable since the Cotswolds has more than 40 per cent of the roads in Gloucestershire and has large sections of the A417 and A40, making a solution to the A417 even more crucial.”

Speaking for Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership Garry Handley agreed that its large area and major roads made the Cotswolds hard to compare to other districts.

He said that road traffic collisions were falling year on year and that the road safety partnership was involved in a campaign called ‘Respect the Cotswolds’, aimed at promoting responsibility on the roads.

He added: “As we head into the height of summer we are particularly keen to remind people to be aware of walkers and cyclists using the rural roads.”

Although the Cotswolds has the largest number of collisions the highest percentage leading to deaths were found in Tewkesbury, accounting for almost 5 per cent of the 477 incidents there.

Of collisions recorded in the Cotswolds 460 were slight, 128 were serious and 23 were fatal.

Cirencester is listed as the third worst parish for collisions after Gloucester and Cheltenham with 77 collisions, followed by Stroud’s 54.

County Councillor Paul Hodgkinson has been campaigning for safer roads in the district for some time and recently reported Gloucestershire County Council’s findings to the district council, and is asking for greater action on the issue.

Cllr Hodgkinson said: “It’s a big concern for residents in the Cotswolds and the issue most regularly raised with me I when I talk to people in the doorstep.”

“Fatalities are the worst thing. We want to avoid them but my concern is that we have so many more accidents than any other area.”

Cllr Hodgkinson suggested that improvements could be made to some roads to decrease the risk of collisions and to reduce the number of people taking risks while overtaking.

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5:49pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Col Mustard says...

Is anyone really surprised ? The feckless and useless highways department at GCC have consistently failed in their duty of care to all road users to maintain roads in a safe condition. Endemic potholes , debris and worn out surfaces are major contributors to road accidents. GCC manipulate accident statistics to avoid this statement and conclusion of this fact. The " hand wringing " by the local MP is typical of the diffident attitude he has unless it can generate column inches of spin . Something this Government has form on..

You can look at the locations of accidents at http://www.crashmap.
co.uk/Search
The data is supplied by the Department of Transport who take forever to release the figures ..... current data is end 2012 . Maybe GCB should ask the Transport Minister that question ?
Is anyone really surprised ? The feckless and useless highways department at GCC have consistently failed in their duty of care to all road users to maintain roads in a safe condition. Endemic potholes , debris and worn out surfaces are major contributors to road accidents. GCC manipulate accident statistics to avoid this statement and conclusion of this fact. The " hand wringing " by the local MP is typical of the diffident attitude he has unless it can generate column inches of spin . Something this Government has form on.. You can look at the locations of accidents at http://www.crashmap. co.uk/Search The data is supplied by the Department of Transport who take forever to release the figures ..... current data is end 2012 . Maybe GCB should ask the Transport Minister that question ? Col Mustard
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1:29pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Fred Fred1 says...

"this is almost inevitable since the Cotswolds has more than 40 per cent of the roads in Gloucestershire and has large sections of the A417 and A40. "

it is a bit like saying that most crashes in Greater London happen within the M25.
"this is almost inevitable since the Cotswolds has more than 40 per cent of the roads in Gloucestershire and has large sections of the A417 and A40. " it is a bit like saying that most crashes in Greater London happen within the M25. Fred Fred1
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5:14pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Claire.M says...

Col Mustard: "Endemic potholes , debris and worn out surfaces are major contributors to road accidents. GCC manipulate accident statistics to avoid this statement and conclusion of this fact."

It's one thing making such a serious allegation (i.e. manipulation of accident statistics) but have you actually got any proof to back that up?

So far as I'm aware, accident recording (i.e. circumstances, contributory factors etc etc) is actually down to police officers who attend the scene - not local authorities.

As for contributory factors to road accidents, according to official Dept of Transport statistics, the vast majority of accidents (as recorded by the Police) are caused by:

- Failing to look properly
- Failing to judge another person's speed or path
- Exceeding the speed limit
- Drink driving
- Careless or aggressive driving

More than 80% of accidents are down to driver error (i.e. the factors set out in the above list).

I haven't come on here to be a cheerleader for GCC but if we're going to have a debate, let's at least stick to the facts.

But yes, as you've raised it, I do agree with you that the condition of the roads in Gloucestershire is generally not good!
Col Mustard: "Endemic potholes , debris and worn out surfaces are major contributors to road accidents. GCC manipulate accident statistics to avoid this statement and conclusion of this fact." It's one thing making such a serious allegation (i.e. manipulation of accident statistics) but have you actually got any proof to back that up? So far as I'm aware, accident recording (i.e. circumstances, contributory factors etc etc) is actually down to police officers who attend the scene - not local authorities. As for contributory factors to road accidents, according to official Dept of Transport statistics, the vast majority of accidents (as recorded by the Police) are caused by: - Failing to look properly - Failing to judge another person's speed or path - Exceeding the speed limit - Drink driving - Careless or aggressive driving More than 80% of accidents are down to driver error (i.e. the factors set out in the above list). I haven't come on here to be a cheerleader for GCC but if we're going to have a debate, let's at least stick to the facts. But yes, as you've raised it, I do agree with you that the condition of the roads in Gloucestershire is generally not good! Claire.M
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