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Andrew Griffiths to probe bosses on A50 limit

Wednesday 15th October 2014 (Andrew Griffiths)
Andrew Griffiths to probe bosses on A50 limit

UTTOXETER’S MP is to investigate the possibility of additional safety measures on the A50 – including a speed limit reduction – after the death of a lorry driver.

Neil Adams was pronounced dead at the scene after an accident involving two lorries on Friday morning near the JCB World Parts factory.

Police have launched a full investigation into the accident, whose cause is not yet known.

Now Andrew Griffiths is to write to the Highways Agency for an analysis of accidents on the A50 near Uttoxeter.

If the stats show an overall increase in accidents, Mr Griffiths will quiz the department on whether it plans to reduce the speed limit and introduce speed cameras.

He said: “I’ve no doubt that the proposed improvements on the A50 will go a long way towards improving safety.

“However, I’m concerned at the frequency of accidents on the A50 in and around Uttoxeter.

“I’ll be writing to the Highways Agency to ask for an analysis of accidents on the A50.

“If, as I suspect, the A50 is becoming increasingly dangerous, it may be that we need extra measures to keep people as safe as possible.

“It’s a strategic route that’s important for moving people and goods, but it’s always worth looking at speed limits and measures to ensure they’re enforced.

“I’d be interested to know if the Highways Agency has plans for speed cameras or changes to the limit.

“This is a tragic loss of life and all our thoughts are with the family of the person who died.

“It’s vital that we do all we can to prevent this from happening again.”

Police have launched an investigation into the accident since 59-year-old Mr Adams, who is from the Nottinghamshire area, died.

Mr Adams’ vehicle, which was carrying metal piping, had collided with another lorry at around 6.50am on Friday.

The other lorry’s driver, who was transporting cleaning products, suffered minor injuries and was taken to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.

The A50 would remain closed between Blythe Bridge and Uttoxeter for most of the day while the vehicles were recovered and the road was made safe.

A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “We are appealing for witnesses following a fatal road traffic collision on the A50 near Uttoxeter.

“We were called to the westbound carriageway of the A50, two miles from Uttoxeter, at 6.50am. Two HGV ‘s were involved in the collision.

“Anyone with information should contact PC Dave Burgham on 101 quoting incident 82 of October 10.”

The Highways Agency did not produce a comment in time for going to press.

By Richard Castle (Uttoxeter Post & Times)


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