Speed limit to be cut on death crash highway


Robert Doman

THE speed limit on a section of a road where two motorcyclists died in a horrific crash is to be cut.

Flintshire Council has confirmed it plans to lower the speed limit on several sections of the A5104.

Penyffordd father-of-two Nigel Davies, 48, and Steve Hill, 49, from Widnes, Cheshire, died in Sunday’s tragic crash, which involved a car and six motorcycles – three travelling one way  and three the other.

Five other people were also hospitalised as a result of the crash on the stretch of road between Pontblyddyn and Penyffordd, with witnesses likening the devastating aftermath to that of a war scene.

Police are investigating the cause of the crash and are yet to determine whether speed was a factor.

Yesterday, a council spokesman revealed the speed limit on sections of the road will be cut.

“It would be inappropriate to comment any further  until police complete their investigations. However, I can confirm the route forms part of the county council’s speed limit review.

In a later statement  yesterday afternoon, a council spokesman said: “Following the review of speed limits on Flintshire’s A and B road network approved by Cabinet in July 2013, a range of actions will be taken which will lead to the reduction of a number of speed limits on the network.

“In relation to this particular road, the council is about to issue the formal consultation notice which will see the limits reduced from the current 60mph to  50mph and 40mph on specific sections.”

The move comes amid calls from various quarters to see road signage improved.

Alyn and Deeside MP Mark Tami said: “When we’ve had accidents before, I and others, have called for more warning signs, such as ‘think bike’ signs and signs which state the number of accidents that have occurred so all road users take extra care. We need to act now to try to prevent further accidents.”

His words have been echoed by Pontblyddyn pub owner Larry Leadbetter.

The Bridge Inn landlord told the Leader: “It is sad people are losing their lives on roads in this area. Eight or nine lives have been lost in the roads surrounding this pub in the nine years I’ve been here. More signs need to be put up warning people of the dangers.

“Local people know of the dangers but many other people don’t.”

Shelia Stewart, of the Carpicorn Animal Rescue centre on Padeswood Lake Road where the crash took place, described it as the worst of many she had seen during 30 years of living there.

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