COUNCILLORS have called for improvements on an ‘extremely dangerous road’ in Uttoxeter after a pensioner became the latest person to be killed following a collision.
Harry Deville, of Stowe-by-Chartley, died in Stafford Hospital a week after being involved in a three-vehicle collision on the A518 Stafford Road on Wednesday, November 21.
The road has seen many serious collisions and a number of deaths over the years, as drivers navigate the winding roads and dangerous junctions.
Geoff Morrison, who represents Uttoxeter on Staffordshire County Council, has himself been involved in a serious accident on the A518.
He said: “I had a serious accident on that road myself eight years ago just as I left Uttoxeter near to Popinjay Farm.
“I can’t remember much of what happened but I hit a tree on the left, went spinning across the road and hit another one on the right. It is a dangerous road.
“When you leave the road you are going to hit something very hard and it is guaranteed you will be seriously injured at least.
“It is meant to be an A road but it is more like a country road and I want to see more improvements as it is a major trunk road.” Dick Jones, of Uttoxeter Rural Parish Council, said the authority had made repeated representations to the county council for something to be done.
“The parish council has made umpteen representations to the county council about the state of that road and vehicles travelling at great speeds but unfortunately it falls on deaf ears,” said Councillor Jones.
“From our point of view we have asked for speed limits from Uttoxeter going up towards Western. Another part of it is a very bad junction with Loxley Lane.
“We have asked about it and we are supposed to be having a site visit but we have never seen any improvements. It is a disgusting state of affairs.
“There should be a restricted speed limit. I know they are difficult to impose but they need to take into account the seriousness of the accidents that take place.
“It is an extremely dangerous road and has a lot of improvements that need doing.” Colin Whittaker, who represents the Abbey ward on East Staffordshire Borough Council, said: “When you come from Stafford to Uttoxeter there are a couple of manholes which you have to decide whether to go one side of the road or the other.
“There are tree roots by the road that are difficult to get traffic to slow down to get around.
“I think that road is in the 10 per cent of the most dangerous in the country. There are a lot of deaths and accidents on that stretch of road.” Former Uttoxeter mayor David Brookes, whose farm in on the A518, said: “The A518 is like a lot of country roads. As with many A roads there are some parts of the road that are better than others.
“I don’t know the circumstances of the accident but there are a number of accidents in that location as at that point in the road the surface changes and they have never properly improved it. I look forward to seeing it improved as soon as possible.” Only last year, the road claimed the life of Craig Logan after his vehicle collided with a Ford Transit Box Van on the bend close to Lower Loxley and Manor Golf Club on February 9.
In 2010, teenager Danny Edwards was killed when his Mazda hit a tree near to Popinjay Farm on February 22.