Dorset highways experts plan signs to cut crashes at A30 blackspot
DORSET highways experts look set to make a U-turn over signs on an accident blackspot on the A30 near Shaftesbury.
The county council’s traffic manager Matthew Piles has promised to look into placing warning signs about a junction on the Sherborne Causeway.
The move follow the launch of a petition earlier this month by campaigner Pierre Jordaan.
Mr Jordaan has called for action to reduce the number of accidents that occur every year near his home, close to a junction with Cherry Orchard Lane.
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He launched the online petition at www.change.org/petitions after a collision involving a motorbike.
He hopes it will add weight to the campaign he started last September following a three-car smash near his home.
He believes the collisions are caused by traffic pulling into and out of entrances on that stretch of the A30, including Cherry Orchard Lane itself.
And he warns the danger will increase because more openings have been created to serve businesses.
Mr Jordaan, who estimates there are five or six serious collisions every year on the road, said: “We have been telling Dorset County Council for a long time now that the accidents are not caused by speeding.”
He added that findings from previous studies by the council that driver error was to blame proved there was a problem with the road.
He said: “The so-called driver error is a direct result of the design of the road and unless they broaden their understanding they will not rectify the accident problem at the intersection and also further along the road.
“With the amount of accidents surely the penny should drop that there would seem to be a problem.”
He is calling on highways experts to meet him and other members of the community to look for solutions.
Mr Piles said speed checks had been carried out on Sherborne Causeway but vehicles were not exceeding the speed limit.
The road, a straight stretch between two sets of bends, would not meet Department for Transport criteria for double white lines to prevent overtaking.
He said: “We have looked at accident data and there is a recorded accident cluster at the junction with Cherry Orchard Lane.
“All the accidents here were due to driver error rather than road or speed issues.
“But we are looking to place additional signing that warns of this junction to help with drivers’ awareness of the turning.”
Mr Jordaan said he and other campaigners had previously tried to suggest signage but that county officers had not responded to requests to meet them on site.
He added: “Their suggestions for signage will not address the matter but only add to visual clutter and probably make the situation worse.”