Support for calls to make A43 in Northamptonshire safer grows after yet another crash

Police were called to the A43 at Walgrave at 9.45am on Sunday, March 20, after a collision between a silver Kia Sportage and a white Vauxhall Combo van.
Police were called to the A43 at Walgrave at 9.45am on Sunday, March 20, after a collision between a silver Kia Sportage and a white Vauxhall Combo van.
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A petition to make the nine-mile stretch of the A43 between Northampton and Kettering safer has attracted almost 4,500 signatures – in the same week as another crash on the road.

Police were called to the A43 at Walgrave at 9.45am on Sunday, March 20, after a collision between a silver Kia Sportage and a white Vauxhall Combo van.

One motorist sustained minor injuries but was not taken to hospital.

It is the fifth accident on the stretch in two weeks, including one in which a 58-year-old driver died earlier this month.

Georgie Ashcroft’s mum Caren died in a crash near Mawsley in June, prompting her to set up a petition to make the road safer.

She said: “I think there should be roundabouts at the dangerous junctions which seem to see most of the accidents, such as Broughton and Walgrave.

“There should be average speed cameras and barriers down the middle.

“It’s not necessarily the road that’s the problem but the drivers who like to take risks, and we need to prevent them from taking those risks.

“I have to drive on that road every day and I don’t like it.

“I don’t think the county council have done enough to make it safer, we’re seeing death upon death and it’s getting silly.

“They’re doing work at Spinney Hill but that’s not where the accidents are, most are between Kettering and Holcot.

“Hopefully the petition will get enough signatures for the council to take it seriously and do something about it, it’s something people are passionate about.”

A Northamptonshire County Council spokesman confirmed the road would be reviewed later this year.

The spokesman said: “As the A43 Kettering-Northampton is a red route, it is subject to regular reviews to establish whether any further enforcement or safety improvements are needed.

“This road is due to be reviewed again later this year.”

To sign the petition, click here.