VIDEO: Call for action on Swindon road danger as second smash in town centre prompts safety barrier request

This Is Wiltshire: Coun Bob Wright and Julie Wright, in Curtis Street where the accident happened. The faded road markings are to be renewed Buy this photo » Coun Bob Wright and Julie Wright, in Curtis Street where the accident happened. The faded road markings are to be renewed

COUN Bob Wright is urging Swindon Council to take action to try and prevent future crashes at a town centre accident hot spot.

Last weekend a car smashed into the doorstep of a home in Curtis Street after misjudging the road’s junction with Crombey Street.

It is the second car in three months to do so.

But Coun Wright says the problem is not with the junction itself but with an unusual number of accidents related to drink-driving around the area.

He says the council is in the process of discussing what can be done to minmise the number of accidents along the road.

He said: “It’s not so much of a problem with the junction as much as a problem with drink-driving.

“There isn’t anything wrong with the road itself.

“The Highways Department are looking to re-paint the markings on the road in the hope that it will remind drivers of the junction’s layout.”

A Swindon Council spokesman confirmed that the council is looking into what can be done to help prevent future accidents.

He said: “We are currently looking at ways of improving the traffic management along Crombey Street and we will certainly include this junction in that work to see if there are any measures we can introduce to slow traffic down and change the behaviour of motorists to provide some peace of mind for residents in Curtis Street.”

But residents and Coun Wright agree that refreshing the road markings may not improve the issue. They say they would like to see a physical barrier put in place to prevent future damage.

Coun Wright said: “What it needs is something to absorb the vehicle when it happens.

“On the motorway you have a sandpit or the crash barrier which stops you going across the road.

“There needs to be something similar along Curtis Street.”

John Brennan, who lives in the street, also thinks the council needs to install barriers to prevent further damage to people’s properties. He said: “I have lived here all my life and since 1995 this has happened more than 11 times. Some people have installed steel bars behind their walls but that’s not going to hold it.

“It’s because they come around that junction too quickly, and take the curve too quickly and either there’s a mechanical fault and it crashes into a wall or their reactions are impaired.

“But one of these days there will be a pedestrian walking along the pavement when it happens and someone will be killed.

“It’s a busy junction with traffic piling along that road. When that development at Regent Circus is finished there will be cars along there non-stop.”

The approach to the Curtis Street junction and the latest crash scene

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7:25am Thu 27 Feb 14

The Other one says...

All well and good putting a barrier up for those properties immediately in front of the junction, but how far do they want it to go? the other house damaged is approx 20 metres to the right of the juction.
All well and good putting a barrier up for those properties immediately in front of the junction, but how far do they want it to go? the other house damaged is approx 20 metres to the right of the juction. The Other one

8:00am Thu 27 Feb 14

Localboy86 says...

I thought it was an old man last time not a drink driver? Or was the old man drunk and it was not reported on?
I thought it was an old man last time not a drink driver? Or was the old man drunk and it was not reported on? Localboy86

8:36am Thu 27 Feb 14

A.Baron-Cohen says...

Why is the police not doing routine checks at night and week ends, instead of running useless HiVi testing operation during commuting times.......
Why is the police not doing routine checks at night and week ends, instead of running useless HiVi testing operation during commuting times....... A.Baron-Cohen

9:08am Thu 27 Feb 14

nobody says...

If we had some traffic police on the streets enforcing the law people might consider they will not get away with illegal driving.
At the moment you probably have more chance of winning the lottery than seeing a traffic cop.
If we had some traffic police on the streets enforcing the law people might consider they will not get away with illegal driving. At the moment you probably have more chance of winning the lottery than seeing a traffic cop. nobody

9:27am Thu 27 Feb 14

benzss says...

nobody wrote:
If we had some traffic police on the streets enforcing the law people might consider they will not get away with illegal driving.
At the moment you probably have more chance of winning the lottery than seeing a traffic cop.
I see about 3 a day, so... I should be a rich man
[quote][p][bold]nobody[/bold] wrote: If we had some traffic police on the streets enforcing the law people might consider they will not get away with illegal driving. At the moment you probably have more chance of winning the lottery than seeing a traffic cop.[/p][/quote]I see about 3 a day, so... I should be a rich man benzss

10:45am Thu 27 Feb 14

umpcah says...

benzss wrote:
nobody wrote:
If we had some traffic police on the streets enforcing the law people might consider they will not get away with illegal driving.
At the moment you probably have more chance of winning the lottery than seeing a traffic cop.
I see about 3 a day, so... I should be a rich man
You must live by a police station !
[quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nobody[/bold] wrote: If we had some traffic police on the streets enforcing the law people might consider they will not get away with illegal driving. At the moment you probably have more chance of winning the lottery than seeing a traffic cop.[/p][/quote]I see about 3 a day, so... I should be a rich man[/p][/quote]You must live by a police station ! umpcah

11:58am Fri 28 Feb 14

anotherimigrant says...

Its obviously not fit for the use of, or Swindon drivers are too stupid to have learnt the art of the right or left turn. As is evident all over the town.

Put a set of lights down there and a roundabout with pedestrian crossings operated by lights in all directions, road humps all the down the approach roads with pedestrian controlled lights at every junction and a 10mph speed limit.

If that doesn't work, close the road and all those within a hundred meters.
Its obviously not fit for the use of, or Swindon drivers are too stupid to have learnt the art of the right or left turn. As is evident all over the town. Put a set of lights down there and a roundabout with pedestrian crossings operated by lights in all directions, road humps all the down the approach roads with pedestrian controlled lights at every junction and a 10mph speed limit. If that doesn't work, close the road and all those within a hundred meters. anotherimigrant

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