Calls for safety review at Buckingham ‘blackspot’ after crash

Lee Flockton

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A hair salon owner fears someone could soon be killed on an accident blackspot outside his business if safety measures are not introduced.

West Street in Buckingham is a two-way road, but for a 50ft pinch-point half way along only one car can pass.

Crash in West Street, Buckingham, on Thursday

Crash in West Street, Buckingham, on Thursday

Yesterday (Thursday), a biker in his 50s was taken to hospital with leg injuries after smashing into the wreckage of a two-car crash.

Owner of Arthurs Radio, Lee Flockton, watches near-misses outside his salon almost every day.

He thinks a ‘give way’ sign or a one-way system is needed to stop drivers mounting the pavement.

Mr Flockton, who has owned the salon for 12 years, said: “It’ll be someone getting killed or someone coming straight through my window.

Crash in West Street, Buckingham, on Thursday

Crash in West Street, Buckingham, on Thursday

“It seems like it’ll take someone to get killed before something is done about it. Wing-mirrors are always hacked off and people mount the pavement daily. They don’t like to wait for those vital five seconds.

“If they stepped out at the wrong time, someone would be dead. Enough is enough.”

The crash on West Street yesterday was just the latest on a long list of incidents, according to Mr Flockton.

In 2010, a lorry – which swerved to miss a pick-up truck going the other way – crashed into the home opposite Mr Flockton’s salon.

Crash in West Street, Buckingham, on Thursday

Crash in West Street, Buckingham, on Thursday

It took 24 hours to remove the lorry due to fears the building could collapse.

At the same spot yesterday, a family including two girls aged three and one escaped uninjured when their blue Ford Focus crashed with a blue Volvo S60.

The driver of the Volvo also avoided injury but a man in his 50s, who rode his BMW F800 motorbike into the wreckage, had to be taken to Milton Keynes Hospital with leg injuries.

Warren Whyte, Bucks County Councillor for Buckingham East, said the idea of making West Street one-way has been ‘mooted many times’.

But he said a one-way system ‘won’t technically work’ because there is an issue of ‘where to put the traffic coming the other way’.

Mark Shaw, cabinet member for transportation at Bucks County Council, said some systems are harder to change than others because roads in historical towns were built 150 years ago ‘for a horse and cart’.

He said: “I will be working with the road safety team to review the current situation and see what can be done so we can prevent these types of accidents happening in the future.”