Flintshire residents win safety measures on killer road

Reporter:

Matt Jones

A DANGER road which was the scene of two deaths will be made safer after a 15-month fight.


Speeding drivers on Sealand Road, Garden City, have been putting lives at risk despite the deaths of Danny Evans, 18, and Carl Sutton, 26, both of Connah’s Quay, who were killed in separate accidents just six days apart in February 2010.


After a long campaign, Flintshire Council has agreed to install two flashing interactive speed signs, but a request for a pelican crossing has been turned down.


Garden City councillor Christine Jones said: “We are thrilled they are implementing the interactive signs. It has got to be a positive. I am hoping when drivers come over the fly-over it will slow them down.


“It has been a long fight, which started after the two fatalities. It is brilliant news and I’m very pleased they have said we can have it.


“It is a very busy road. Similar signs have helped in Garden City, they do work and drivers do see them.”


Cllr Jones has also asked for an extension of the 40mph limit on the road.


Danny’s mother, Debbie Evans, said: “Hopefully this will prevent another fatality, but if people treated the road with respect there are not going to be accidents. At the end of the day it is how the person drives the car.”


The news came after a site visit from Cllr Tony Sharps, deputy leader of Flintshire Council and executive member for environment and Neal Cockerton, head of assets and transportation at Flintshire Council.


Danny was killed on February 15 when the car he was travelling in overturned close to the Elms Hotel and Carl Sutton was killed on February 21 when he lost control of his vehicle on the same stretch of road.


More than 2,500 people also joined a Facebook group dubbed ‘Make Sealand Road a Safer Place’.


Cllr Jones said a request for a pelican crossing on the road was turned down as it did not meet criteria, but she was told if more funding became available it could be considered.


Cllr Sharps said: “It is a very dangerous stretch of road and it needs some tremendous improvements to slow the traffic down. We hope the flashing signs will improve the area, deter the speeders and make it a lot safer.”


A spokesman for Flintshire Council said: “Following a site meeting, a speed-activated sign will be provided within the next two months for westbound traffic entering the 40 speed limit close to the Manor Road junction.”

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