Urgent safety calls for notorious road

COMMUNITY leaders last night urged road chiefs to conduct a “long overdue” survey of an accident blackspot following the death of two young Suffolk men.

COMMUNITY leaders last night urged road chiefs to conduct a “long overdue” survey of an accident blackspot following the death of two young Suffolk men.

Urgent calls for improvements along the A1092 have been made in the aftermath of Friday night's horrific crash which claimed the life of Matthew Sheridan, 22, and Charles Bevan, 20.

The good friends died at the scene of the single vehicle accident in Stoke Road, between Stoke-by-Clare and Clare, after their Nissan convertible crashed into a front garden.

After poignant tributes were made by grieving loved ones, the attention has now turned to improving safety along the road, which has been the scene of numerous serious and fatal accidents either side of the town of Clare.


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Melford county councillor Richard Kemp said: “In view of a greater volume of traffic on the A1092 and the increased number of accidents, I think there should be an overall study made of what improvements could be made to improve safety.

“There are numerous areas along the road which need to be changed and should be looked at to avoid any more accidents occurring.

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“Without any changes, I fear we are just going to see even more accidents. A review along the whole A1092 has been long overdue and the whole road needs to be reviewed in total.”

Jeff Stevens, borough councillor and member of Clare Parish Council, said: “The parish council has had various discussions with Suffolk County Council about ways to slow down traffic on the A1092.

“We have looked into various measures including narrowing the road and encouraging police to carry out more speed checks although we realise they are stretched.

“There are so many accidents along what is a very bad stretch of road, which has more than its fair share of fatalities.

“It is a sad reflection on our society that we have to wait for a given number of accidents before something can be done. I would urge the county council to look at ways of slowing down traffic, all along the A1092.”

Suffolk County Council was unavailable for comment last night.

dave.gooderham@eadt.co.uk

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