ROADS in Stratford district are the most dangerous in Warwickshire
The number of people killed or seriously injured on the district’s roads is nearly double the national average, according to Department of Transport figures. Nearly 80 out of 100,000 people were injured or killed on the district’s roads compared to a UK average of 38.
Stratford was the worst place in the county for accidents last year with more than 300 accidents resulting in 460 injuries. Of this figure nearly 90 people were killed or seriously injured.
And this week a woman was airlifted to hospital with ‘potentially life-threatening’ injuries following a two car crash in Claverdon.
It happened on the A4189 Henley Road near to the junction of Kington Lane shortly after 7.30am on Tuesday.
A woman and a teenage girl had to be freed from the wreckage by firefighters before the driver was flown to hospital in Coventry. The driver of the other car involved suffered minor injuries, and he was taken to Warwick Hospital for further checks.
Highway chiefs at Warwickshire County Council – which maintains roads across the area – believe the high accident figures for the district are down to the high volume of traffic in the area.
A county council spokeswoman told the Observer: “Stratford district’s location relative to the motorway and trunk road network means it has a high traffic volume, and consequently higher than average numbers of casualties.
“In particular the M40, M42 and A46 carry a significant number of vehicles on a daily basis.
“Stratford district’s casualty rate therefore has little to do with the number of people who live here, but far more to do with volume of traffic. This is driven by the nature of our road network and the geography of the area – which creates a very high traffic to population ratio.”
Stratford District Council’s recent State of the District report revealed 45 per cent of residents thought improvements needed making to roads and pavements, while half thought traffic congestion was a major problem in the area.
Warwickshire County Council says it is working with other agencies – including the police and fire service in a bid to reduce the number of people killed or injured on roads across the county. This includes carrying out campaigns and enforcement.