Poor markings and signage, vehicles can’t see it’s a bend and drive across oncoming traffic.
Reported in the Road Markings - Worn/Faded category anonymously at 10:50, Fri 2 August 2019
Sent to Northamptonshire County Council 5 minutes later. ref: 1717493.
The bend on Priors Hall Road, where the road used to connect on to the main road (prior to the roundabout), has been a crash hotspot for the past 10 years. Speaking with the Police, very few crashes are reported or attended, but as demonstrated last night with a head on collision, even they think it’s a dangerous junction. Working in the Business Park, when the barriers are removed or moved, there are 2-3 crashes per week, and countless near misses daily. I’ve witnessed a handful of crashes, and had to avoid vehicles driving across the traffic having missed the turning.
The road is poorly marked, and even with markings it’s not obvious that it’s a dead-end and a hard left turn. The visibility is poor, as there are bushes and fencing removing any line of sight as well.
The fix is simple. At least 2/3rds of the dead end needs blocking with permanent barriers - either high kerbs or crash barriers, with a large hard turn chevron sign. The unblocked area will allow access into the dead end as needed, but the barriers would ensure drivers from both directions do NOT have a clear line of sight into the dead end, and the hard bend signs would notify of a hard left turn ahead.
We’ve been told recently by the council that this is not a dangerous junction. Setup covert cameras to watch the junction, and you’ll see near miss after near miss. Last night’s crash was horrific - I’m unaware of injuries, but hope all of the occupants got out unscathed. The attendance of two ambulances is not promising.
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State changed to: Investigating
Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 10:55, Fri 2 August 2019
A couple of days after a major crash attended by countless emergency service vehicles, there’s another crash. These are a weekly occurrence. How long before somebody is killed?
Luckily these two drivers are alive - badly shaken, but at least one vehicle is a write off.
State changed to: Open
Posted anonymously at 15:55, Mon 5 August 2019
Thank you for raising this issue with Northamptonshire highways. Northamptonshire highways are currently investigating options to swiftly address the immediate safety issue at Arnsley road whilst considering options for a more robust and permanent resolution for this area.
State changed to: Closed
Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 16:26, Tue 6 August 2019
As usual, you've closed and dismissed this report. Nearly a week since a horrific crash, and there has been zero action. Others I've spoken to that have reported this junction to the Council have been dismissed, and told that 'risk assessments' show there is no issue with the junction. There have already been two crashes that I'm aware of this week, in addition to the crash on Thursday night. If, by standing at the side of the road in a high visibility jacket is conceived as being a reliable means of assessing safety, you're wholly wrong. If you're not prepared to installed barriers and proper signage, then fit a covert camera to monitor the junction.
The red and white barriers worked. Other than basic maintenance, they're an effective temporary solution. However, this matter has been ongoing for 10 years, since the junction was formed. Now that a business has decided off their own back to move these barriers and occasionally use the dead end to stage concrete trucks, there has been a significant spate of crashes, near misses and people driving through the junction at speed.
State changed to: Open
Posted anonymously at 11:28, Wed 7 August 2019
Another crash! Tonight there has been another crash. When will you actually do something about this? Lethargy and bureaucracy are wholly responsible for every crash and injury. There are no excuses now for inaction.
Posted anonymously at 22:29, Mon 19 August 2019
Provide an update