Lincolnshire residents have expressed their concerns after a recent spate of serious road collisions, bringing this year’s death toll up to 30.
Although this figure is similar to that during the same period in 2013, which was 31 deaths between January and late October, residents have become concerned that so many of these fatalities have occurred in our area during such a short period of time.
John Siddle, from the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership, told the Leader that 10 of the fatalities on Lincolnshire’s roads have occurred within the last few weeks. Mr Siddle added that there had been over 200 serious injuries on our roads so far this year.
Sadly, a large number of recent road deaths have occurred in the Louth area.
As reported, a Mablethorpe woman in her 70s died following a collision on the A16 in Louth last week, and just two weeks beforehand a 23-year-old motorcyclist died near Ulceby Cross, Alford.
In the previous month, a 22-year-old man from Alford died in a collision near New Leake, and just one week later three people died following a collision near Hogsthorpe, including Mablethorpe men Sean Glover and Marcus Shaw.
This month has seen no shortage of serious injuries on our roads too, including two motorcyclists in Conisholme, a 69-year-old Spilsby woman involved in a collision on the A157 in Withern, and a Louth woman in her 20s who was rushed for emergency surgery after a collision with a building just last week.
The recent spate of serious incidents has led some local residents to raise concerns about the condition of our roads.
Romy Raynor said: “I feel extremely unsafe. I’m staggered by how many accidents have happened recently”.
Richard Nightingale said: “The Highways Agency needs to look at some routes. Roads are not wide enough for the speed limit. Hedges need cutting down on corners to have a clear view.”
Steve Gavey added: “Pot holes so deep that they can damage wheels, not just tyres. Road markings not maintained. Mud never cleaned up by farmers. Verges not maintained.”
Annie Young said: “Add ice, snow, fog and night time. Not looking forward to winter evening driving.”
Paul Little, Head of Highways at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “We recognise the importance of our road network, and how vital it is that people can get around safely and efficiently. Despite the current climate of austerity, in the last two years we’ve spent more than £12m improving the roads in East Lindsey.
“According to the 2014 NHT public satisfaction survey, this has helped the county council achieve one of the biggest increases in public satisfaction with the condition of their highways.
“There are currently 44 schemes to be completed in the local area before the end of March 2015. These include works at Miles Cross Hill near Alford, Victoria Road in Mablethorpe and Grimsby Road in Louth.
“Plus, a substantial amount of patching works are also being carried out thanks to additional funds from central government.”