MP calls for urgent action at junction after fatal accident

Andrea Leadsom MP NNL-140104-112511001
Andrea Leadsom MP NNL-140104-112511001

An MP is calling for police to carry out an urgent review of a stretch of road following several accidents in the same week including a fatality.

MP for South Northants, Andrea Leadsom, is calling for traffic calming measures to be put in place on the A508 near Stoke Bruerne, after 21-year-old Buckingham woman Leanne Gower, died following a collision on Bank Holiday Monday.

There have been five other road accidents at the site.

Local residents have been campaigning to make the road safer for several years through the Highways Agency, including reducing the speed limit around the junction from 50mph to 40mph.

Mrs Leadsom said: ““Since coming to Parliament in 2010 as South Northants’ representative, I have had numerous occasions when it was necessary to write to both Northants County Council and the Highways Agency to highlight the issue on the A508.

“The recent set of accidents, including the tragic death of a young member of our community, remind us that despite changes being implemented, more needs to be done.

“I have once again written to Northants County Council, the Highways Agency and also Northamptonshire’s police and crime commissioner, to request an urgent review of the safety of this stretch or road and for further traffic calming measures to be put in place within a week.”