My fight to make death road safer 'has come to nothing' says Northampton teacher

Pas Renda says he is disappointed by the fact his 11 months of campaigning to make Boughton Road safer have yielded no results.
Pas Renda says he is disappointed by the fact his 11 months of campaigning to make Boughton Road safer have yielded no results.
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A retired teacher who launched a campaign to make a dangerous Northampton road safer says his 11-month fight has so far resulted in no improvements.

In September last year the Chronicle & Echo revealed seven people had died in Boughton Lane during the past 10 years.

Pas Renda.

Pas Renda.

In total, there had been more than 90 recorded collisions in the one-and-a-half mile stretch since 2006.

The latest fatality was in May 2016, when a 51-year-old man died after veering off the road in his Peugeot 207 and hitting a tree.

After acquiring the figures via the Freedom of Information Act, Pas Renda, of White Doe Drive, Moulton Leys, launched a campaign to to get the 50 mph limit on Boughton Lane lowered to 30 mph.

But despite meetings with police, the county council, Northampton North MP Michael Ellis and local residents' associations since May, a number of the safety measures he proposed have still not been implemented.

He said: "This is a dangerous, dangerous road, there are going to be more deaths.

"I am sorry to have to say this, but I really feel there are going to be much more serious accidents."

Mr Renda made 14 suggestions for the council to improve the stretch, including installing a new set of reflectors, repainting the road lines and installing "slow down" illuminated signs.

Police did, shortly after the story first appeared in the Chron in September, trial temporary "slow down" signs on the stretch for two days.

However they have since been removed and so far, to the visible eye, there have been no changes to the road, which was downgraded from a so-called "red route" in April last year.

Since then Mr Renda has also leafleted 1,000 homes on the Moulton Leys estate, asking for their views on Boughton Lane. Among the responses one woman said she had been in an accident on that stretch and bit her tongue, which resulted in her having to go to hospital.

Another said she was left shaking for a week after an ambulance overtook her in Boughton Lane, adding: "There was no safe place to go".

With county council elections due in May, Mr Renda has now called for the next elected highways cabinet member to meet arrange a meeting with him.

"There are not even any signs on there to say 'pedestrians crossing' - and they have those going across the A14.

"As soon as the election is is finished I'm going to approach the new cabinet member for highways and get on the case to fix a meeting."