Public meeting arranged over 'lethal' junction after motorcyclist's death

A public meeting emphasising the need for road safety improvements at a "lethal" Staffordshire junction is to take place.

Robin Horton, Councillor Paul Ray and Elaine Hutchings are campaigning for road safety improvements at the junction of Grange Lane and Eastern Avenue.
Robin Horton, Councillor Paul Ray and Elaine Hutchings are campaigning for road safety improvements at the junction of Grange Lane and Eastern Avenue.

Motorcyclist Luke Cotton, 22, died following a collision between his black Yamaha and a car at the junction of Eastern Avenue and Grange Lane in Lichfield on June 16.

Following Mr Cotton's tragic death a petition was launched calling on the authorities to take action.

Lichfield Councillor Paul Ray said: “It is absolutely tragic that there was the fatality of Luke Cotton at this junction in June and I just want to update and reassure residents that the campaign to get permanent improvements made by Staffs Highways at this junction continues and has stepped up.

"Various councillors and residents are involved.

"More than 5,000 people have signed a petition and a new report by Staffordshire Highways contractor, Amey, has been issued recommending a roundabout or traffic lights.

"That was what we hoped for and is very good news.

"I am actively engaging with the Staffs County councillor, Janice Sylvester-Hall, to get permanent changes made to this junction and the funding secured.

"Janice Sylvester-Hall is pushing this with Staffordshire Highways and insisting that the funding must be found.”

Luke Cotton died after a crash in June. Photo: Staffordshire Police

Councillor Ray highlighted the public meeting at the Eastern Avenue and Grange Lane junction at 11am on Saturday, October 2.

"I urge as many residents as possible to attend so we can show Staffordshire Highways the strength of feeling," he said adding that there a "significant factors" which means that the work to make the junction safe "must be carried out urgently".

He pointed to its location near the Friary School and that there are plans to expand it after 2025.

He added that data from Amey shows that accidents are running 4.5 times higher there than for other roads of its type, and that is based on under-reported accident data which also does not include Luke Cotton’s fatality.

Councillor Ray said: "The Amey report does not include the full data for accidents over recent years and thanks to Robin Horton and other residents additional information has been put together and fed into the projects team at Staffordshire Highways.

"The important thing is to keep the pressure up as there is no timing yet from Staffordshire Highways about when the works are to be done."

Most Read

Most Read

Top Stories

More from the Express & Star

UK & International News