Accident blackspots on red route revealed

TODAY we reveal the most dangerous parts of the county's worst road.

In the past three years, seven people have been killed on the A43 and two of the deaths happened at the same location.

The red route – between Round Spinney in Northampton and the junction of the A14 near Kettering – is about 10 miles long and there have been 30 serious injuries or deaths on the road since 2003.

Brian Coulson, aged 63, of Templar Road, Kettering, said: "I have been driving on the road for 10 years and it's been getting steadily worse.

"It is getting busier and busier and people, who are obviously in a rush to get to work, try to make silly overtaking attempts which cause no end of accidents."

According to Pc John Spencer, Northamptonshire Police senior casualty reduction officer, the problem is not people driving too fast.

He said: "The majority of the accidents are nose-to-tail crashes but people also attempt risky overtaking manoeuvres and U-turns."

On a map, the A43 between Northampton and Kettering looks a relatively straight road, but Pc Spencer said the road combined a series of long curves, crests and dips, which all combined to make safe overtaking very difficult.

There are several farms along the road and slow-moving farm vehicles frequently contribute to the delays, which results in frustrated motorists attempting risky overtaking manoeuvres.

Pc Spencer said: "The road is not the only problem in this case. Motorists need to drive with more care and take more responsibility."

Peter Field, who lives in Overstone Lane, Overstone, said: "The problem in a word is speeding.

"It's a straight road and people tend to speed.

"There regularly are accidents on the road, although they have made some improvements.

The council put in some lines to try to stop people overtaking.

"But, I still think more needs to be done.

"A speed camera might make the road safer or they need to reduce the speed limit."

A Moulton-resident, who asked not to be named, said: "Something needs to be done about it.

"I personally don't think a speed camera is the way forward to reduce accidents on the road.

"I think drivers get frustrated, because of the volume of traffic, there are lots of cars and trucks. The cars try to overtake, that's when accidents happen.

"I think what's needed is dual carriageway rather than speed cameras to cope with the volume of traffic."

Joe Conway, who lives in Cross Street, Moulton, said: "A speed camera is a definite no-no.

"What we have is congestion, being stuck behind lorries and people trying to overtake, that's where the problem is.

"Speed cameras won't stop accidents, because as soon as people pass them, they speed up again.

"I think the road needs to be widened, but it would be a shame to have a dual carriageway, because it would be built in the countryside."