15th Nov, 2019

Campaigner calls for action on Droitwich road in a bid to stop speeding motorists

A CAMPAIGNER is calling for action to be taken on a road in Droitwich in a bid to put an end to speeding motorists.

It follows a three-car crash on Tuesday morning on the B4090 near Droitwich Rugby Club which is the latest incident in a string of collisions.

The campaigner, Alan Bourne, has been asking for something to be done for years on the whole stretch which runs past the Eagle and Sun pub, the Hanbury Wharf boatyard and the rugby club.

He said there had been three crashes in the last 18 months and some serious collisions in the past.

The problem, added Alan, was the limit was 60mph coming out of Droitwich before it dropped to 40 and then returned to 60 and drivers just ‘powered on through’ ignoring the slower section.

Alan, who has lived near Hanbury Wharf for nine years, told the Standard: “It is really bad – I have nearly been wiped out three times and after the third time I thought something needs to be done.

“I managed to get the police to do speed checks there at the time and within an hour two drivers were clocked in excess of 80mph in the 40mph section.

“But after that nothing really happened and the situation has gone on and on.

“The problem is there are so many different places along the main road where cars turn in and out of.

“I’m surprised no-one has been killed there.”

Alan added that on one occasion he was passing the entrance to the boat yard, heading out of Droitwich, and he was overtaken by a driver who almost had a head on crash with a car coming in the opposite direction.

He said the stretch of road had a ‘no overtaking’ continuous white line on the side of the road.

Worcestershire County Council said it was aware of residents’ concerns regarding the current speed limits along the B4090.

“We would advice residents to contact their local county councillor to progress these concerns further,” said a County Council spokesperson.

West Mercia Police Road Safety collected speed data on the B4090 at Hanbury Wharf in 2016 and 2018.

On both occasions the speed data showed wasn’t an enforceable speeding issue.

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