Junction of carts and horses: Cllr Jackie Porter calls for safer roads after recent death of woman

A WINCHESTER councilor has once again backed ideas for a ‘safer junction’ on a road in Kings Worthy, following the death of a woman.

Cllr Jackie Porter, local county councilor, made her point calling at a roundabout on the Cart and Horses A33 junction, where a number of crashes have occurred.

A petition about three years ago garnered 1,500 signatures resulting in a slight change, but campaigners say it has “worsened” the layout.

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There have been several accidents in recent years involving emergency service responses and the death of a young man crossing the road in 2016.

Tuesday, October 25, a woman died and a man was seriously injured following a collision between a Mazda and a van at the crossroads.

The couple, both in their 60s, were taken to Southampton General Hospital where shortly afterwards the woman was pronounced dead.

Cllr Porter said: “I have been campaigning for a safer junction here since 2014. It needs to be made safer.

“The junction has been changed but has since created even more confusion and we continue to search for a roundabout there, but Hampshire County Council did not consider the accident record to be bad enough. C is surely the case now?”

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She said a previous request to lower the speed limit to 40mph was granted, while CCTV was installed and an illuminated 40mph reminder sign was added.

Last week there was another accident in which a car ended up on its roof, although there were no serious injuries.

The fatal accident caused widespread congestion in the Kings Worthy area, made worse by the closure of Springvale Road for roadworks.

Sergeant Chris Thompson of the Roads Policing Unit said: ‘We are carrying out initial inquiries to determine the exact circumstances which led to the tragic loss of a woman’s life.

“We would like to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time and who witnessed the incident and in particular anyone who may have footage of the incident or vehicles involved prior to the incident. ‘incident.

“If you have any information, no matter how small or insignificant you think it is, please contact us as soon as possible.”