Concerns over Kings Newton road safety changes

Residents of a Derbyshire village claim changes to the road layout, designed to make the road safer, have actually made it more dangerous.

In February, Derbyshire County Council made the road narrower at the junction of Kings Newton Lane and Derby Road, in Kings Newton.

Pub landlord Chris Baggott said crashes at the junction had become more serious since the changes.

The county council said the changes encouraged drivers to slow down.

Mr Baggott, landlord of Ye Olde Packhorse, said: "They've taken two lanes of road and compacted them into one when you go around the corner, which makes everything much more complicated and no one knows which direction anyone's going.

'More dangerous'

"There have always been accidents at that road junction but those that have happened since the changes have been significantly more dangerous, with people injured, ambulances and road closures."

Eileen Hardy, a 51-year-old who lives in Trent Lane, said: "I think the road is more dangerous now that it has been changed."

In a statement, Derbyshire County Council said: "We have changed the alignment at the junction which we believe has made it safer as it encourages drivers to slow down before making a left turn off the main road.

"The work consisted of adjusting the kerbs which has also changed the angle drivers have to be at before they can make a turn on to the main road.

"There are plenty of signs warning people that the road layout has changed as well as chevrons, reflective posts and Give Way signs.

"We are monitoring the situation to see if changes need to be made to it in the future."

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