HASLAND: Hundreds have a say on accident blackspot

Hasland's controversial junction.
Hasland's controversial junction.
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Hundreds of residents have had a say on ways to improve safety at an accident blackspot.

More than 250 people attended a consultation event last Wednesday over Hasland’s “nightmare” traffic lights.

Campaigners claim the “confusing and dangerous” lights have caused several accidents since they were installed and are calling for action at the heavily-congested junction between Hasland Road and Mansfield Road.

Independent traffic and safety consultants URS held the consultation event on behalf of Derbyshire County Council at Hasland Methodist Church Hall.

Engineers were on hand to listen to people’s comments and discuss their ideas throughout the day and 259 comments were handed in.

Hasland resident Denise Baxendale said: “Something needs to be done with these nightmare lights. Enough is enough.”

Cllr Dean Collins, the county council’s deputy cabinet member for jobs, economy and transport, said: “We know there are strong feelings within the community about this junction.

“We’re pleased so many people made the effort to come and talk to us about what changes they would like to see.”

A council spokesman said the authority will consider residents’ feedabck before drawing up new proposals for the controversial junction.

The spokesman added: “The public will be able to comment on the new proposals as part of a formal consultation and their views will be considered before we make any decision about what action should be taken.”

In March, schoolboy Thomas Alcock suffered serious head injuries after being in collision with a car near the traffic lights.

The incident forced council chiefs to bow to public pressure and carry out a review at the crash scene.

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