‘No realistic solution’ to accident blackspot

The scene of an accident on Nabbs Lane with the junction of Godber Road in Hucknall.
The scene of an accident on Nabbs Lane with the junction of Godber Road in Hucknall.

Council bosses say it is difficult to propose a ‘realistic solution’ to reduce collisions at a notorious accident blackspot, after a boy was left critically injured last week.

The Holgate Academy pupil was struck by an Iveco Daily van and Audi A4 Quattro at around 7pm, on Tuesday October 20 . As many as 12 people had to lift the Audi to free the boy on Nabbs Lane, at the junction with Godber Road.

He remains critically ill at Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre more than a week later, police said.

No arrests have been made following the incident, but campaigners are calling for further safety measures to be put in place on the stretch following a spate of accidents.

Father-of-two Stuart Kenward, of Nabbs Lane, said: “We want a positive resolution. It’s not just about children, we want measures so anybody can cross that section of the road at any time.

“Kids need to be educated - but drivers are responsible.”

“I live on the road and I hear cars race up and down. I stopped there the other night on the way home for five minutes and saw two cars ripping up and down. I wish the council could see this.

“Further up Nabbs Lane at the Nabb Inn there are speed bumps and a zebra crossing. Why can they do it up there and not down here? Is it going to take a child’s life before they put something there?”

More than 620 residents have signed an online petition to make Nabbs Lane a safer place for pedestrians and a paper petition is still circulating.

“We take all accidents on our road very seriously and our thoughts are with the family of this young boy at this time,” said Suzanne Heydon, the county council’s group manager for highways safety.

“We are working with the police to identify the circumstances of the accident which will, of course, involve an investigation of the site location.

“There are currently two pedestrian crossings on Nabbs Lane and a 20mph zone outside the school and we have explored the possibility of improved pedestrian crossing facilities at the BMX park.

“However, due to the junction location and access to nearby shops it is difficult to propose a realistic solution that would be used by pedestrians and cyclists.

“Improvements were undertaken last year in relation to the BMX park and the carriageway markings were refreshed and a playground warning sign was installed.

“Any petition should be presented to a full meeting of the county council.”