Action calls over Doncaster danger road

NDFP Election Count Doncaster Racecourse   Bessacarr  L>R Kate Bannard, Nick Allen, James Hart

NDFP Election Count Doncaster Racecourse Bessacarr L>R Kate Bannard, Nick Allen, James Hart

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A councillor is calling for action to be taken on a dangerous road, claiming it’s only a matter of time before someone is killed.

Coun Nick Allen says he has been inundated for months with complaints from residents about speeding and joy riding along Everingham Road, which runs between Cantley and Bessacarr.

Despite repeated calls to Doncaster Council for speed bumps and other traffic – calming measures, Bessacarr ward Coun Allen says nothing has been done.

The Conservative councillor said: “There is a feeling that the only way something will be done is if there is a tragedy on the road.

“We want preventative measures to be introduced before something like this happens.

“There is a general fear amongst residents in Cantley that it’s only matter of time before someone is killed or seriously injured.

“We shouldn’t have to wait for major fatality before we get a proper response or robust action is taken.”

The councillor says he is frustrated that a Conservative group budget amendment, which would have set up a community road safety scheme for communities to access funding for road safety improvements, was rejected by Labour councillors.

He added: “I spoke in favour of this and it was opposed by Labour councillors.

“It is frustrating because that would have meant we had a pot of money to be used, not just for Everingham Road but to improve road safety across the whole borough. In the spirit of working together I don’t think that was the right decision.”

A survey showed there have been eight injury collisions on Everingham Road in the last six years.

Coun Joe Blackham, cabinet member for regeneration and transportation said: “Whereas any number of incidents is a concern, looking at the detail there are no distinct locations, causation or patterns.

“This performance is better than many other areas where both higher numbers of incidents and more consistency are experienced.”

Gill Gillies, the council’s assistant director of environment, said: “We undertake regular reviews of road safety across Doncaster, and introduce traffic-calming measures when evidence suggests these measures could reduce the risk of future collisions and incidents.

“Due to the relatively low number of incidents on Everingham Road, the council cannot currently justify investing in traffic-calming measures when these may be more effective elsewhere.”