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Notorious road dubbed as ‘race track’ by Northampton councillor after two more crashes

Two vehicles involved in one of two crashes in Gladstone Road at the weekend. Photo supplied by Cllr Gareth Eales.

Two vehicles involved in one of two crashes in Gladstone Road at the weekend. Photo supplied by Cllr Gareth Eales.

A Northampton councillor is calling for action after two more accidents on a notorious road in town.

There were two reported crashes on Gladstone Road in the last three days which has now been dubbed a ‘race track’ by Councillor Gareth Eales (Labour, Dallington Spencer).

Cllr Eales said: “There was an accident involving three vehicles recently which resulted in Gladstone Road being closed for a time and there’s been two more accidents again this weekend, this in on-top of historic accidents and many near misses, so some swift action needs to be taken to ascertain the root cause and any remedial action needed to ensure public safety.”

Residents in Gladstone Road were delighted earlier this year when the rumble strips were removed from the street in May.

Cllr Eales led the campaign due to the surface causing noise and disturbance to residents.

Cllr Eales said: “It is important to bear in mind that independent speed tests proved 100 per cent that the rumble strips did not deter speed and in actual fact speeds on Gladstone Road went up when that noisy surface was in place, so any suggestion that the accidents are a result of the removal of the rumble strips is nonsense.

“Let’s remember that 1.9 million pounds of public money was arguably wasted turning Gladstone Road into the chicane come race track layout it is today and the subsequent narrow margins for oncoming traffic is part of the problem in my personal opinion.

“So people should not blame a successful residents campaign for the removal of a public nuisance, we should instead focus on finding the real problem and necessary solution.”

A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police confirmed officers were called to Gladstone Road just after 11am on Friday and 1.40pm yesterday (Sunday).

 

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