Crash blackspot earmarked for safety overhaul

CRASH SCENE -- flowers left after the accident that killed Bulwell dad Jonathan Blyton on Hucknall Lane in 2007

CRASH SCENE -- flowers left after the accident that killed Bulwell dad Jonathan Blyton on Hucknall Lane in 2007

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AN ACCIDENT-blackspot road that runs through the heart of Bulwell is in line for £200,000 worth of safety improvements.

A large public-consultation event was held on the Market Place in the town last Friday about the future of the notorious stretch between Cinderhill Road and Hucknall Lane.

Back in August 2007, dad Jonathan Blyton (28) was killed when his Kawasaki motorbike was in collision with a Ford Mondeo car on Hucknall Lane.

Staff from the nearby St Albans Medical Centre tried to save him but he died at the scene.

Now a meeting of the area one committee of Nottingham City Council has heard that between 2005 and 2010, there were 162 reported accidents in which road-users or pedestrians were injured.

Fifteen of the injuries were classed as serious or life-threatening and many of the crashes involved motorbikes.

Possible measures to tackle safety on the road include improved signage, reduction of the road’s width, changes to the road layout and speed-reduction measures, including speed humps.

A series of consultations will now take place with residents, businesses and motorists.

Among concerns to be considered are that any extra housing built in neighbouring Hucknall could increase the volume of traffic on Hucknall Lane, which is a key part of the commute into Nottingham.

Coun Jackie Morris (Lab), a Bulwell member of the city council, said: “The stretch between Cinderhill Road an Hucknall Lane carries a lot of traffic, including those looking to get onto the M1 at junction 26.

“There have been a lot of accidents on there and something clearly needs to be done.

“All the options are open and I would encourage all locals to have their say on any future projects.”