Oundle bus crash crossroads safety reviewed

The Cotterstock crossroads, the scene of a school bus crash. NNL-160722-135628001
The Cotterstock crossroads, the scene of a school bus crash. NNL-160722-135628001

A crossroads where a school bus crashed has been inspected by road bosses.

Addressing Parliament last Thursday, MP Tom Pursglove called on Northamptonshire County Council to review the safety of the Cotterstock crossroads following the school bus crashed earlier this month.

Several children were taken to hospital following the incident and about 20 were left with minor injuries.

County Council bosses say they have already carried out an inspection of the road and had found it meets current standards.

But in May local people had asked the authority to repaint road markings and replace road signs at the scene of the accident.

A Northamptonshire County Council spokesman said: “The investigation into the cause of the accident at Cotterstock crossroads is still ongoing and we are assisting the police.

“Highways officers have made several visits to the site since the incident and have confirmed that there are no maintenance or road safety issues that require action.

“The crossroads complies with safety and maintenance standards and the existing road markings are clear and give way signs are appropriately positioned.

“We work with local communities and where funding is available we will undertake additional works which they see as a priority and which are supported by the parish council.

“In May we met with local representatives and agreed to provide measures to include repainting of road markings and installing additional signage.

“We will continue to monitor the junction and await the outcome of the police investigation.”

Northamptonshire Police have not made any arrests but their investigation into the incident is continuing.