Slip roads could help save lives

A BID to put slip roads on danger junctions on the A1 is to be put forward to Northumberland County Council.

Following the latest fatal collision at Swarland at the end of December in which an 80-year-old man died, Coun Trevor Thorne is calling for slip roads to be created to help alleviate problems.

Speaking at Newton on the Moor and Swarland Parish Council last week, Coun Thorne said something needs to be done to improve safety on the road.

“If you can get the traffic that is leaving the A1 onto a safer slip road, this would help,” he said.

“This is what I am trying to push. The Executive at County Hall has promised to have a meeting with the Highways Agency and all interested parties.

“Hopefully we are moving forward on this.

“Although it is a difficult time for the budget I really feel that we must find the money to do this.

“We have lost too many lives on this road.”

However parish councillor Brian Long said that he thinks the only solution would be to put roundabouts on the A1.

“It would be the simplest and safest option,” he said.

“You could remove most of the junctions at which you have to cross the dual carriageway and put in strategic roundabouts.

“We owe it to the people who have already been killed and those that will be killed.”

But Coun Thorne said that the county council and Highways Agency would not go to that expense.

Coun Vera Vaggs said: “When you come down the A1 from Alnwick they have notices saying horses crossing and pedestrians crossing.

“I think it might be a good idea to have big notices which say traffic crossing.”

Chairman of the parish council, Coun David Rixon, said: “The biggest problem we have got is that all the way up the A1 from London there are very few roundabouts.

“If slip roads can be put in, it would be good.”

Coun Thorne said that they would be the responsibility of the county council and not the Highways Agency.