Tragic Jordan’s mum in call for safety revamp at A55 blackspot

Reporter:

Matt Jones

THE mother of an 11-year-old boy killed in a horror crash is backing moves to improve safety on a dangerous stretch of the A55.

Jordan Evans was killed on the slip road into the Northop Hall services on April 29 last year.

His mum, Karen Evans, of Mancot, was suddenly confronted by a fault in her car’s steering as she drove Jordan and her teenage daughter Levi and toddler Lilly May.

Now, as the Welsh Government is carrying out a transport study in the area, she has backed calls by a Flintshire councillor for improvements.

She said: “I would support any improvement there. Something needs to be done. If it saves lives it is a good thing.

“There is no place to pull over, the only choice I had was to pull in there or stop in the fast lane. I needed time to slow down.

“It is a steep curve. In hindsight, with the bend it just wasn’t going to happen. There is nowhere to pull in if you have a fault with the steering like I had.”

She added: “If improvements save lives it should not be a question of if, but a question of when. There seems to be quite a few accidents on that road.“

Flintshire councillor Tony Sharps, chairman of North Wales transport group Taith, said the situation at the services is “horrendous”.

He said: “What is worrying me are the issues around the Northop Hall services, it has got to be resolved. There are plans to do something about it, about how to get in or out.

“There are quite a lot of businesses up there. The concern is the speed and the access in and out of the services. It is going to be hard to solve the problem.”

The services are only one part of the far-reaching North East area based transport study which also includes the Aston Hill section of the A494.

A Welsh Government spokesman said: “The North East Area-based transport study is jointly funded by the Regional Transport Consortium Taith and the Welsh Government.

“The study looks at ways of improving connectivity throughout North East Wales considering all modes, including highways, rail, buses, walking and cycling.

“ Welsh Government officials are still working closely with Taith officers to bring the study to a conclusion.”

The study’s recommendations are expected to be published in November.

l A jury unanimously found Karen not guilty of causing Jordan’s death after a hearing at Mold Crown Court earlier this year.

After the verdict Judge Peter Heywood questioned whether it was in the public interest to prosecute, saying there had been an error of judgement.

Below: Karen Evans who has voiced her concerns over a stretch of the A55 and her son Jordan Evans who was.killed on the slip road into the services at Northop Hall.

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