Renewed call for safety on The Carrs

There has been a renewed appeal for safety improvements to be made along The Carrs, following the death of a young driver in a horror smash last week.

Gary Powell, who had turned 21 only a fortnight before, was killed when the car he was driving left the road, hit two trees and landed on its roof causing fatal injuries.

It comes just over a year after a woman suffered severe injuries after being hit by a car as she walked along the same stretch of road and other serious incidents on the road date back years.

Barry Atkins and other residents along The Carrs have been asking for years for the road to be looked at and he says it shouldn’t have take a fatality to bring it back to the forefront.

He said: “It has been said by many of us over the past few years, will it take a fatality? I asked the question again at a forum at the Coliseum a few years back and was told there hadn’t been sufficient accidents to warrant improvements but there has been.

“All these things added together indicate potentially a very dangerous road. Anybody losing their life is a tragedy.”

After the incident in January 2012 where the pedestrian was hit by a car, signs have been put up notifying of a speed limit reduction around the ‘chicane’ but some feel the speed limit along the road between Briggswath and Ruswarp should be permanently lowered.

The issue is set to be raised at the next Eskdaleside-cum-Ugglebarnby parish council meeting.

Coun Guy Coulson said: “Whether the accident was speed related I don’t know, it is hard to say, but personally I want the reduction along the whole stretch to a 40 limit.

“They put up a sign near the entrance to Carr Hill Gardens which is just an advisory and that was a waste of time. I want it re-addressing and I am sure it will come back up at the parish council again.”

Mr Atkins added: “Nobody has had a real good look at it. It is a dangerous road and speed is one of the main things.”