Safety measures fail to prevent more than 30 crashes at accident blackspot
NEW road safety measures have failed to prevent accidents along Derby's most notorious accident blackspot – with 31 crashes reported over the past nine months.
Early last year, Derby City Council spent tens of thousands of pounds making a number of alterations to the road layout along Manor Road in an attempt to make it safer.
But accidents continued – and neighbours said the changes had made the stretch more dangerous.
The council then worked with a residents' group to come up with new ideas. This led to a speed-indicating device being sporadically installed and new signs being put up. The council also said it had resurfaced the road in a bid to improve its grip.
To monitor the effect of the changes, the council asked Manor Road resident Susie Perry to send in a monthly report detailing any accidents along the stretch.
Speaking to the Derby Telegraph, Mrs Perry said she had recorded 31 accidents in the past nine months, three of them "major". It adds to the 70-odd crashes she claims took place along the stretch between 2005 and 2011.
The latest happened yesterday morning when a Renault Megane and Peugeot 206 were involved in a head-on collision.
The crash closed the Sinfin-bound carriageway for more than an hour. Police said no-one was hurt. Despite the volume of accidents, Mrs Perry, of the Littleover Residents' Committee, refused to criticise the council.
She said: "We've been working closely with the council to solve the problem and David Gartside (head of traffic and transport) has been brilliant.
"The council is at least taking the matter seriously."
Mr Gartside said: "We have been actively looking at safety issues on Manor Road and working with local residents to address any concerns. In relation to this latest accident, we will need to clarify the details before we can comment further."
The council had initially suggested blocking off a two-way gap in the Manor Road central reservation, which had allowed motorists coming out of side roads St Albans Road and Constable Lane to reach the far carriageway.
But the proposal sparked complaints that it would increase journey times.
The authority decided to leave the gap open – although the layout was changed to one-way, meaning only motorists heading towards Kingsway could use it to turn off into St Albans Road. It stops Littleover-bound traffic using it to access Constable Lane.