Road safety experts tackle Cornwall blackspot junction where man died in accident
Improvements will be made to a notorious accident blackspot in Cornwall which claimed the life of a grandfather last Christmas.
Cornwall Council Highways will increase signage and remove an old tree stump at the Newlyn Coombe crossroads where Philip Slimmons died in an accident in 2011.
The 59-year-old was hit side-on by a car approaching the junction from Newlyn. The driver said he had not seen a stop sign as he approached the crossroads.
Locals have long sought to make alterations to the junction which crosses the busy A30, with many reports of near misses before the fatality 12 months ago.
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Immediately following the accident, white lines leading up to the junction were repainted, but following a site meeting involving county councillors Roger Harding and Bill Maddern and Cornwall Council representatives it was decided further improvements should be made. Adrian Roberts, Cormac safety engineer, who was present at the meeting, said the changes were intended to improve visibility and make the approach to the junction from Newlyn clearer.
He said: "The accident which occurred was pretty much a one-off.
"But as far as we are concerned somebody has driven straight across the crossroads without seeing it."
Other issues that were raised included introducing a speed limit on the A30 going through the junction.
Mr Roberts ruled out the introduction of a roundabout on the site due to the nature of the road.
Mr Harding, who previously started a petition to lower the A30 speed limit, said: "It is good to see that there is a positive desire to try and improve the safety of these crossroads."
Mr Maddern agreed and added: "It's one of those things – there's going to have to be something done. It's a rather dangerous crossroads."