ACTION PLAN FOR DANGER ROUTE; 68 collisions in two years prompt safety measures.(News)
Byline: By Michael Corley
ONE of Warwickshire's most dangerous roads is to undergo a raft of safety improvements in an effort to cut casualties.
Road safety chiefs have targeted the A428 Hillmorton Road in Rugby - the scene of 68 collisions from 2004 to 2006 - which ranks high in the county council's league of most dangerous roads.
They have already started similar action in Myton Road, which links Warwick and Leamington.
The speed limit in Myton Road - which is lined with schools, houses and the entrance to a park - has been slashed from 40mph to 30mph.
Pedestrian refuges have been installed in the centre of the road and vehicle-activated speed signs are due to be installed in September.
Myton Road, like Hillmorton Road, has a poor accident record - there have been 16 accidents in the past three years, resulting in 18 casualties on the busy school run and commuter route.
In one of the most recent in June, a motorcyclist broke both wrists and a knee after colliding with a trailer which came loose from a van.
The new limit has been introduced from the junction with Banbury Road to the Ford Foundry roundabout in Leamington.
Cllr Marion Haywood, who represents Warwick South on Warwickshire County Council, said she hoped the work in Myton Road would reduce the number of accidents.
She said: "I am very pleased to see that the road safety engineering team have investigated the road.
"As there are a number of schools on this road it seems very appropriate to have a 30mph speed limit."
Senior road safety engineer Jo Edwards said the latest action was taken in the road after it was identified as a risk to motorists and pedestrians by Warwickshire County Council's road safety engineering team.
Road chiefs have said the improvements for Hillmorton Road will take place next year, after a public consultation has taken place.
They are due to be completed by April.
MR030807ROAD2 SLOW DOWN... Warwickshire County Council's senior road safety engineer Jo Edwards and Cllr Martin Heatley, cabinet member for environment, in Myton Road, Warwick, where the speed limit has been slashed from 40mph to 30mph in an effort to reduce accidents. Picture: Mark Radford