Residents call for traffic calming in Lower Hanham Road after tandem cyclists are killed in tragic accident
Residents in Hanham are calling for traffic-calming measures on a danger road after tandem cyclists Ross and Clare Simons were killed in a road accident four weeks ago.
They met Kingswood Tory MP Chris Skidmore near the scene of the tragedy in Lower Hanham Road on Saturday.
He is supporting their campaign to slow down traffic on the busy hill which has parked cars on either side of the road.
Petition organiser Michelle Wyatt said: “Something needs to be done urgently because the cars are driven much too fast along here.
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“We have already had too many accidents on this road and we don’t want to see another awful tragedy.”
Andrew Allen, 39, a bricklayer who lives on the road, said: “One of the accidents we saw was a car which clipped a parked car and flipped onto its roof.
“Speed humps near the junction with Tabernacle Road and Mount Road would help slow down traffic.”
Retired welder Raymond Guest who lives near the junction said the best answer was to put in some roundabouts.
“They are talking about a 20mph speed limit but no one will obey it,” he said. “If you put in a couple of roundabouts, the vehicles will have to slow down.”
He and his wife have known of six deaths on the road during the past 34 years.
Nick Richards, an engineering manager, said: “I’ve lived here for 25 years and the cars just fly up and down.
“We never see a speed camera on the road to act as a deterrent.”
Carl Lander, who lives in Chapel Road near the bottom of the hill said he has been campaigning for eight years for safety measures on the road.
He said: “They come too fast down the hill and don’t realise there might be a queue of traffic round the corner at the bottom.
“I saw a pedestrian who was nearly crushed to death.
“Every time I hear a noise outside, I wonder if it’s another accident.”
More than 20 residents turned out to talk to Mr Skidmore about the issue.
He said: “Clearly, action needs to be taken on this road urgently before there is another awful tragedy.
“We need traffic calming measures to slow down speeding vehicles as well as sorting out the parking issues near the school at the top of the hill.
“Cars are parked on both sides of the road there which creates a bottleneck.
“There are also some blind corners on the road which create some very serious safety hazards.
“I fully back the residents in their campaign.”
Some South Gloucestershire councillors also turned up for the meeting including Labour leader Andy Perkins who said road safety was more important than party politics.
Anyone who wants to sign the petition can email Mr Skidmore at email@example.com or call his office on 908 1524.