10 crashes in 18 months in Runwell Road, Wickford

Southend Standard: 10 crashes in 18 months in half-mile stretch of road 10 crashes in 18 months in half-mile stretch of road

THESE shocking pictures show how ten cars have crashed at a Wickford accident blackspot in 18 months.

An anxious family are urging for speed restrictions to be brought in outside their house, following the ten serious car crashes.

The Pinnock family, who live in Runwell Road, Wickford, fear someone will be killed unless something is done to calm the traffic along the stretch of road between the old Runwell Hospital site and the Toby Carvery.

Councillors say highways engineers will be looking at changing the layout of the road as part of the redevelopment of the Runwell Hospital site.

Last week two people were taken to hospital, one with serious injuries, following a head-on smash on the same stretch of road.

Alison Pinnock, 47, said: “There have been ten accidents on this stretch of road, in the past 18 months.

“A number of them have ended up with cars crashing in to our garden.

“Between December and January there were nine accidents after cars skidded on ice caused by a leaking pipe.

“We have written to the council a number of times about the problems here.

“We want to to see the speed limit reduced from 60mph to 40mph or 30mph. People are just driving along here too quick.

“We are frightened it is just a matter of time before someone is killed.”

Malcolm Buckley, Basildon Council member for regeneration said Chelmsford City Council, Basildon Council and Essex County Council were considering a number of different options for the road layout in Runwell Road, as part of the plans for the redevelopment of the Runwell Hospital site.

He said: “There has been a proposal to for the entry to the site to be moved down the hill, from the Toby Carvery.

“We are also considering weight restrictions on Runwell Road to discourage people from using it as a cut through between the Rettendon Turnpike and Wickford.

“Changes to the speed limit would be part of the considerations by highways engineers.”

Councillor Ray Ride, who represents Runwell, said he was aware of the problems in Runwell Road and was working with councillors at Basildon and County Hall.

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He said: “It is a dangerous spot with a record of accidents all affecting the Pinnock’s home.

“Within the redevelopment of the Runwell Hospital site, which is imminent, road improvements will go in.

“Those might well assist my view that there should be further protection for the Pinnock family and their neighbours.

“We are looking at what options are available.”

**Candidates standing for election in Wickford Castledon ward are Alan Ball (Ukip), Malcolm Buckley (Con) and Andrew Buxton (Lab).

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10:39am Tue 20 May 14

VeteranOfMany says...

With over 275,000 vehicles using that particular road, over that time, blame driver error if only 18 have crashed.
With over 275,000 vehicles using that particular road, over that time, blame driver error if only 18 have crashed. VeteranOfMany
  • Score: 9

10:55am Tue 20 May 14

pembury53 says...

VeteranOfMany wrote:
With over 275,000 vehicles using that particular road, over that time, blame driver error if only 18 have crashed.
10 crashes in 18 months, and the 275,000 comes from where ?
Even so, agreed, nothing to worry about, just the odd clown lacking the necessary skills to hold a driving licence, or maybe they don't hold a driving licence....... if they're that concerned, my suggestion would be to transfer the pointless specs cameras on the A127 and donate them to wickford.....
[quote][p][bold]VeteranOfMany[/bold] wrote: With over 275,000 vehicles using that particular road, over that time, blame driver error if only 18 have crashed.[/p][/quote]10 crashes in 18 months, and the 275,000 comes from where ? Even so, agreed, nothing to worry about, just the odd clown lacking the necessary skills to hold a driving licence, or maybe they don't hold a driving licence....... if they're that concerned, my suggestion would be to transfer the pointless specs cameras on the A127 and donate them to wickford..... pembury53
  • Score: -5

2:16pm Tue 20 May 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

pembury53 wrote:
VeteranOfMany wrote:
With over 275,000 vehicles using that particular road, over that time, blame driver error if only 18 have crashed.
10 crashes in 18 months, and the 275,000 comes from where ?
Even so, agreed, nothing to worry about, just the odd clown lacking the necessary skills to hold a driving licence, or maybe they don't hold a driving licence....... if they're that concerned, my suggestion would be to transfer the pointless specs cameras on the A127 and donate them to wickford.....
From the national stats office, the number of cars is determined, though I had to chuckle, to see that Police Aware sticker....
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VeteranOfMany[/bold] wrote: With over 275,000 vehicles using that particular road, over that time, blame driver error if only 18 have crashed.[/p][/quote]10 crashes in 18 months, and the 275,000 comes from where ? Even so, agreed, nothing to worry about, just the odd clown lacking the necessary skills to hold a driving licence, or maybe they don't hold a driving licence....... if they're that concerned, my suggestion would be to transfer the pointless specs cameras on the A127 and donate them to wickford.....[/p][/quote]From the national stats office, the number of cars is determined, though I had to chuckle, to see that Police Aware sticker.... Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 3

3:07pm Tue 20 May 14

The__Truth says...

275000 movements in 18 months doesn't sound a lot. That's only 500 vehicles a day. Or 250 in each direction. Probably add a zero to that easily.
Look for accident details where you live at www.essexworkstraffw
eb.org.uk/main.html
275000 movements in 18 months doesn't sound a lot. That's only 500 vehicles a day. Or 250 in each direction. Probably add a zero to that easily. Look for accident details where you live at www.essexworkstraffw eb.org.uk/main.html The__Truth
  • Score: 0

3:12pm Tue 20 May 14

pembury53 says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
pembury53 wrote:
VeteranOfMany wrote: With over 275,000 vehicles using that particular road, over that time, blame driver error if only 18 have crashed.
10 crashes in 18 months, and the 275,000 comes from where ? Even so, agreed, nothing to worry about, just the odd clown lacking the necessary skills to hold a driving licence, or maybe they don't hold a driving licence....... if they're that concerned, my suggestion would be to transfer the pointless specs cameras on the A127 and donate them to wickford.....
From the national stats office, the number of cars is determined, though I had to chuckle, to see that Police Aware sticker....
yep, glad to see they're on the ball !
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VeteranOfMany[/bold] wrote: With over 275,000 vehicles using that particular road, over that time, blame driver error if only 18 have crashed.[/p][/quote]10 crashes in 18 months, and the 275,000 comes from where ? Even so, agreed, nothing to worry about, just the odd clown lacking the necessary skills to hold a driving licence, or maybe they don't hold a driving licence....... if they're that concerned, my suggestion would be to transfer the pointless specs cameras on the A127 and donate them to wickford.....[/p][/quote]From the national stats office, the number of cars is determined, though I had to chuckle, to see that Police Aware sticker....[/p][/quote]yep, glad to see they're on the ball ! pembury53
  • Score: 0

4:39pm Tue 20 May 14

Parsnip says...

They said there were 9 crashes in a month when there was a burst pipe, so only 1 other in 18 months which is not that bad
They said there were 9 crashes in a month when there was a burst pipe, so only 1 other in 18 months which is not that bad Parsnip
  • Score: 7

5:18pm Tue 20 May 14

John Bull 40 says...

Parsnip wrote:
They said there were 9 crashes in a month when there was a burst pipe, so only 1 other in 18 months which is not that bad
Exactly what is the problem, unexpected ice could catch anyone out, if it was just in one spot.
[quote][p][bold]Parsnip[/bold] wrote: They said there were 9 crashes in a month when there was a burst pipe, so only 1 other in 18 months which is not that bad[/p][/quote]Exactly what is the problem, unexpected ice could catch anyone out, if it was just in one spot. John Bull 40
  • Score: 2

5:37pm Tue 20 May 14

tophat27dt says...

I laughed when I saw that boys pink shoes!
I laughed when I saw that boys pink shoes! tophat27dt
  • Score: 1

5:56pm Tue 20 May 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

It would be interesting to see the age brake down
It would be interesting to see the age brake down Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 2

6:47pm Tue 20 May 14

abd123 says...

I don't think there were 9 ice accidents in 1 day and then 1 other in 18 months because the Council admit there is a problem and 1 in 18 months is not a problem. Assuming 10 accidents spread out this shows the site must be a problem because bad drivers didn't congregate there. They would be spreading their accidents about . Accident blackspot statistics are used in court to show the Council knows about a problem but has not addressed it. Compensation claims will force action.
I don't think there were 9 ice accidents in 1 day and then 1 other in 18 months because the Council admit there is a problem and 1 in 18 months is not a problem. Assuming 10 accidents spread out this shows the site must be a problem because bad drivers didn't congregate there. They would be spreading their accidents about . Accident blackspot statistics are used in court to show the Council knows about a problem but has not addressed it. Compensation claims will force action. abd123
  • Score: -3

10:09pm Tue 20 May 14

Mikkel1 says...

The standard of driving these days needs a Serious look and with MORE policing than there currently is. No matter where my wife and I go, there are VERY Few police ever seen along the roads, unless of course there is a crash.
The standard of driving these days needs a Serious look and with MORE policing than there currently is. No matter where my wife and I go, there are VERY Few police ever seen along the roads, unless of course there is a crash. Mikkel1
  • Score: 0

9:15am Wed 21 May 14

roger moore says...

its not the road, its the drivers themselves who are the problem. put some people behind the wheel of a car and common sense seems to go out the window.
its not the road, its the drivers themselves who are the problem. put some people behind the wheel of a car and common sense seems to go out the window. roger moore
  • Score: 1

9:16pm Wed 21 May 14

Stamper2 says...

It just should not be 60 miles per hour on such a narrow twisting road. No-one slows down on it - it is surprising there are not more crashes.
It just should not be 60 miles per hour on such a narrow twisting road. No-one slows down on it - it is surprising there are not more crashes. Stamper2
  • Score: 0

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