Calls for A1 action
7:53am Thu Mar 16, 2017
THE latest terrible accident on the A1 at Newark has brought into sharp focus the need for action to help prevent further tragedy. Mr Ian Newell, of Grantham, died in a six-vehicle crash on Thursday and our thoughts are with his family at this awful time.
An eyewitness, Mrs Rebecca Pitcher, said the crash was the most horrific thing she had ever seen and she would not drive on the A1 again.
Although the cause of the crash is being investigated, it has prompted calls for major changes to the A1/A46 junction and slip-roads.
Since the incident almost 2,400 people have signed an online petition, set up by Amiee Fletcher, calling for Highways England to improve safety and ease congestion.
Newark MP Robert Jenrick has, meanwhile, raised the matter with Transport Secretary Chris Grayling and asked for improvements to be made as soon as possible.
He warns that there will be more fatalities unless there are meaningful changes and says, despite the disruption major projects bring, that means the A1 slip-roads being completely re-designed.
Changes are needed to prevent vehicles leaving the A1 having to queue on and beyond the slip-roads.
The number of accidents on the A1 and A46 around Newark make a compelling case for something to be done as soon as possible — the human cost is simply unacceptable.
Disruption caused by any major overhaul of the roads network would be a small price to pay if it helped avoid further loss of life.