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Danger road set for speed safety work
WORK to improve safety on a dangerous road near Blunsdon is necessary after another accident this week.
A woman driver and two children had to be cut out of a car by the fire service on Monday after a crash between Blunsdon and Highworth.
Police were called to the scene at about 3.30pm following reports of a one vehicle crash on the B4019 involving a Vauxhall Astra.
The road, which has become notorious for speeding with residents, was closed from the Stanton Fitzwarren junction and the A419 while those involved were cut free from the car.
The driver had suspected spinal injuries but the children were not injured. Earlier this year, Blunsdon residents took patrolling the speed on their roads into their own hands when they set up a Community Speed Watch scheme. Seven volunteers signed up to carry out the scheme which involved monitoring speeds with handheld speed detection equipment following training by police officers. At the time the group was set up, Sergeant Eddie Strange said: “It is good for the community to be involved in something like this.
“We get a lot of calls regarding speeding in Blunsdon and not only does this act as a deterrent but it also allows the residents to gauge just how fast the cars are actually travelling. The police will be involved with the follow up, in situations where they get repeat offenders we can send out letters informing drivers.”
Community Speed Watch has been running in the Wiltshire Council area for two, but Blunsdon was the first community in Swindon to run the scheme.
It came into some difficulty this summer, however, with one member dropping out and the others finding it difficult to get together.
They are now in the process of training up more volunteers in a bid to get back on to the street.
Swindon Council has also stepped in to help the village with its speeding problem, with the Neighbourhood Speed Control team doing work to slow down drivers in the coming months.
Stuart Boyd, chairman of the Blunsdon Parish Council and member of the speed watch team, said: “The speed watch has stopped because a member left and we were finding it difficult over the summer to get everyone together at the same time. We have six new volunteers waiting for training so hopefully we will be back out soon.
“The speed watch does work because as soon as they see our high vis tops they slow down.
“We have got a neighbourhood speed control team though, who identify two areas each year and have a significant budget to make changes, and they have identified Blunsdon Village this year.
“On Broad Bush road they are talking about having a mini roundabout on the junction of Sam’s Lane, to slow traffic.
“They are also talking about creating two pinch points, one as you come in from Highworth and one close to the Cold Harbour pub, with priority given to people coming out of the village.
“This would be good for everyone in the village and hopefully finally bring down the speed of drivers going through that road.”
A consultation on the planned work will take place on Thursday, October 18 at the Blunsdon Village hall between 4pm and 7pm.
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