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“How soon before a child dies on danger road?”

Haddenham family whose front garden had a van crash into it - pictured are mum Lucy Peel with children Beatrice (4) and twins Katie and Jonny

Haddenham family whose front garden had a van crash into it - pictured are mum Lucy Peel with children Beatrice (4) and twins Katie and Jonny

Angry residents are demanding changes to a dangerous road junction after two cars ploughed into front gardens this week.

The 7.30pm crash on Tuesday, which saw a white van and a Peugeot career into two gardens in Stanbridge Road, Haddenham, is the latest in a string of crashes at the junction with Woodways.

And after the white van came to rest yards from her young children’s climbing frame, mum-of-three Lucy Peel says enough is enough.

She said: “If that had been in the day time it would have flattened my children.

“All of us round here have a fear that it’s going to be a child next. It’s only a matter of time.

“The 30mph signs are too close and the traffic calming measures are inadequate, there is not speed enforcement either.

“There is quite a lot of through traffic and they don’t brake until they reach the junction, how the council can think it is safe is just beyond me.”

After a similar incident on September 24 last year, Haddenham Parish Council informed Bucks County Council about residents concerns.

But after visiting the site, the county council’s casualty reduction team declared that the signage was clear and sufficient.

Residents are also supporting Haddenham’s 20 Is Plenty campaign, which is lobbying for a reduced speed limit in the area.

In the latest incident fire crews from Aylesbury and Haddenham attended the scene and released an injured man, using hydraulic rescue equipment.

Another man was released, injured from his vehicle, before they arrived.

Police closed Woodways and Church Way directly after the crash.

A spokesman for Transport for Buckinghamshire, said: “The casualty reduction team monitor collisions throughout the year and investigate the causes.

“Annually we review the collisions that have occurred in the latest five year period.

“We do this by looking at routes across the whole of the county and rank these routes by the rate of collisions per kilometre that have resulted in a road user being killed or seriously injured (KSI rate per km).

“We also carry out a search for collision sites that have a history of five or more collisions (of any severity) within a 50 mile radius within the last five years. These sites are ranked according to the severity and number of casualties.

“The routes with the highest rate of such collisions are subject to further analysis to identify sections that have a common cause or factor that can possibly be mitigated by engineering measures. A decision is then made on which sites are treated within the available budget.

“Whilst this junction has had a number of collisions over the last five years it is not one of our priority sites and there are no current plans for a casualty reduction scheme at this junction.”

 

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