MP steps up campaign on dangerous junction

Andrea Leadsom MP recently met with several Stoke Bruerne residents living on or near the A508 to discuss their ongoing concerns regarding the safety of that road as it passes between their village and Ashton. NNL-140209-173815001
Andrea Leadsom MP recently met with several Stoke Bruerne residents living on or near the A508 to discuss their ongoing concerns regarding the safety of that road as it passes between their village and Ashton. NNL-140209-173815001

An MP is hoping to step up plans to improve safety on a dangerous road in her constituency.

South Northants MP, Andrea Leadsom, visited a blackspot on the A508 at the turning for Stoke Bruerne, and met with village residents to discuss their concerns.

South Northants MP Andrea Leadsom visiting killer road A508 near Stoke Bruerne PNL-140209-112456001

South Northants MP Andrea Leadsom visiting killer road A508 near Stoke Bruerne PNL-140209-112456001

In May, 21-year-old Leanne Gower, from Buckingham, died in a crash on the road, where there were further five other ‘serious’ accidents in the space of a week.

Mrs Leadsom has written to the police, the Highways Agency and Northants County Council but wanted to speak to concerned villagers.

She said: “I hope that we will be able to review the problems on the A508 as soon as possible to ensure that both those living in the area and road users alike can be safe.

“The residents here have confirmed the alarming number and severity of accidents along this stretch of road, including the tragic case of the young woman who recently lost her life here.

“I was able to witness first-hand the dangerous speed at which traffic flows and the difficulties this causes in residents pulling out on to the road, as well as the problems caused by road signs and markings.”

The MP also met with Northants Police superintendent Andy Cox, county commander for South Northants, to discuss how the 50mph speed limit on the road can be reinforced and what further traffic calming measures could be taken.

A spokesman for Northants County Council said: “We have received correspondence from Andrea Leadsom and are reviewing the concerns raised about the A508. We will respond in due course.

“Working with our partners to make roads safer in Northamptonshire is a priority for the county council. Like all roads in the county, this stretch of the A508 is continually monitored.”