Calls for A1079 safety

Bollard 1079 - 2
Bollard 1079 - 2

A ROAD safety team is set to switch their attention to another campaign, having successfully lobbied for improvements at Pocklington.

Action Access A1079 - who focus entirely on pushing for improvements on the York to Hull road - had backed the plans to build the roundabout at the Hodsow Lane junction into Pocklington.

Work is now well underway on the multi-million pound scheme with hopes that it will be finished later in the year. Its purpose is to provide a safer way for vehicles to get on to the A1079.

However, the group are now hoping to see improvements to the Cliffe Road junction on the Market Weighton bypass and those around the Wilberfoss area.

Wilberfoss has seen a number of accidents in recent years, including the tragic death of Nona Clark.

The 71-year-old had tried to cross the busy road in December 2009 when she was struck by a low loader lorry.

It came weeks after 83-year-old Audrey Prince from Barmby Moor died after trying to cross the A1079 in the dark at rush hour, having stepped off a bus from Market Weighton. She was hit by a car.

While some safety measures have been put in place, including a pedestrian island at the Barmby Moor bus stop, chairman of the Action Access A1079 group, Grahame Hicks, says accidents continue to occur.

However, he says many are going undocumented but could be vital in improving safety in the future.

He said: “There seem to be an increasing number of collisions along the A1079 at the moment but these are only the ones that everyone knows about because they close the road. We would like to know of any collisions that occur.

“Things are going well. Obviously our campaign for the Hodsow Lane roundabout has borne fruit and our next campaign is to seek improvements for Wilberfoss, especially at the York end. The junction is very dangerous, being so wide.

“But we are also concerned about the Cliffe junction following a recent accident and we are asking East Riding Council to provide a pedestrian refuge there to make it safer to cross the road before someone is killed.

“There is already a path out of the back of Market Weighton which leads right down to the edge of the A1079.

“This encourages pedestrians.

“The road is already well lit and the refuge will just give pedestrians a bit more of a chance of crossing safely.”

Anyone who witnesses an accident, or is involved in one, is being asked to email the details to Action Access A1079 on a1079@yahoo.co.uk