Concerns over road’s safety

PUBLISHED: 11:00 20 June 2015

Locking people and supporters walking along the A371 to campaign for safer road speeds in honour of young road accident victim April Reeves.

Locking people and supporters walking along the A371 to campaign for safer road speeds in honour of young road accident victim April Reeves.

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A ‘DANGEROUS’ stretch of road has been scrutinised on Streetlife this week, following the death of seven-year-old cyclist April Reeves.

April was out cycling with her mother and brother on the busy A371 in Locking on May 28, when she was killed after being struck by a car.

A march along the A371 in April’s honour, designed to raise awareness of the road’s speed in the hope of reducing its 60mph limit, was attended by hundreds of people last week.

Streetlifers have been discussing how the road could be changed in light of April’s death.

Amanda T said: “(The road is) in need of a cycle path, but I think it should be on the pavement and not on the road itself.”

Elaine R said: “A lot of people cycle along the road in Locking and if the speed had been reduced, this may not have been a tragedy.

“There is direct access on to (the A371) for families from Locking Camp. Their children attend Locking school in Locking Village and there is a bridge across the road for children, but no safe crossing for mums with pushchairs.

“You take your life in your hands (trying) to cross.”

Kelly B added: “It is a main pedestrian route for access to a primary school, and should therefore have a reduced speed limit and safe crossing places which allows access for everyone.

“I also agree with the cycle path being away from the roadside.

“There should also be a safe crossing point at the garage end of the road, to allow you to cross over to the cycle path on the other side of it.”

Neil D said: “The authorities must convert the very rarely used pavement as a place for walkers and cyclists. They should also add light controlled crossings underneath the footbridge and close to the garage so all can cross safely. The council should be bombarded with the idea until it becomes a reality.”

Liz J suggested that speed cameras could be used to make the road safer.

She said: “What about speed cameras? We lie in bed at night and hear motor bikes and cars using this road like a speed track.

“Visiting our family on the other side (the camp side) brings home to us each and every time just how lethal and dangerous it is to cross this road.”

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