Council to act over 'dangerous' road in Chapel Amble
RESIDENTS in Chapel Amble are demanding traffic-calming measures on what they describe as a dangerous road junction.
More than 60 villagers have signed a petition calling on Cornwall Council to make safety improvements at the junction of the main A39 at Three Hole Cross.
Leading the campaign is retired film and television director Lawrence Gordon Clark, 75.
Mr Gordon Clark said: "Most of the inhabitants of Chapel Amble, and other drivers who are forced to use this extremely dangerous turn out onto the A39, have signed the petition.
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"To be honest, it's a bit of a nightmare driving out from that junction due to the speed of traffic on the A39, and visibility is not good.
"There have been a number of accidents and near-misses over the years, and just the other week there was an accident when a car struck a trailer belonging to a local farmer as he was pulling out onto the main road, but fortunately no one was seriously hurt."
"We really need Cornwall Council to reduce the speed limit along that stretch of the A39 or at least put some sort of signs on the brow of the hill, warning motorists there is a junction ahead."
Another Chapel Amble resident, Sarah Harris, agreed something had to be done to deter motorists travelling too fast near the junction.
"Traffic comes along the main road extremely fast, and it's often quite difficult to get out onto the main road as it's quite dangerous.
"There really is a need for the speed limit to be reduced, or at least for advisory notices to be erected," she said.
The council said this week that improvements were being made and others will now follow following the concerns of Chapel Amble residents.
A spokesman said: "There are warning signs on both approaches showing the staggered junction layout, as well as hatching highlighting the presence of the turns.
"We have also recently brought forward a safety scheme to improve this junction further, with a larger warning sign to be provided on the eastern approach and the application of red surfacing through the existing hatching. This will give even greater warning of the presence of the junctions to approaching drivers.
"In view of the local concerns, we will be adding to the scheme an additional 'slow' road marking on the eastern approach, and ensuring that vegetation at the Chapel Amble junction is trimmed back to maximise visibility. The scheme is programmed for implementation within the next couple of months."
The police-reported accident record at the Chapel Amble junction shows only one collision reported since 2005. This single accident did not involve a vehicle coming from the direction over which concern has been expressed.