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Accident blackspot gets overhaul

Friday January 29 2016

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ONE of the busiest roads in Wombwell is to be overhauled after locals branded it an accident blackspot.

Funding has been found to do works to the junction of Hough Lane, Hemingfield Road, Wood Walk and Dovecliffe Road.

Measures such a mini-roundabout are being considered. 

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Reply Posted by Criline on Sunday January 31 2016 at 03:04
WHAT??????? I live in Wombwell and I can honestly say I have NEVER SEEN OR HEARD OF ANY ACCIDENTS THER
E. I often walk there.

Reply Posted by Natalie on Monday February 1 2016 at 12:23
There has been loads of accidents some resulting in death! It's an absolute nightmare

Reply Posted by shazj on Monday February 1 2016 at 12:36
Been alot of accidents here and like natalie says some lost their lifes.

Reply Posted by Maureen on Monday February 1 2016 at 12:49
Traffic lights would be much better!!!!!!

Reply Posted by Lisa on Monday February 1 2016 at 12:49
I live metres away from this junction there has been many fatalities and serious accidents over the last 10 yrs .. Not counting the weekly minor ones it's about time something was done

Reply Posted by emma on Monday February 1 2016 at 13:26
As if really they don't need a mini roundabout putting there it will cause more problems it'll cause a lot more accidents putting one there it's a busy main road were junctions are

Reply Posted by Gary on Monday February 1 2016 at 14:39
Taking partner to work the other week at 7.30am and a car came from the woods about 50mph straight across junction towards hemingfield.never even tried to slow down.if a car had been coming down woodwalk to wouldnt have ended well.it also dont help when bus pulls out junction then stops at bus stop on junction at train station.get some traffic lights on it i say.

Reply Posted by Suzy on Monday February 1 2016 at 14:42
Mini roundabout is a no no !! It wouldn't work traffic light are the better option !!

Reply Posted by Mick on Monday February 1 2016 at 15:01
50% of drivers seem to forget everything they ever learned when faced with a mini roundabout, and end up either waiting when they have right of way or joining when they should wait.

Reply Posted by mary jolly on Monday February 1 2016 at 15:29
What took them so long. Could do with a zebra crossing also because of the station.

Reply Posted by Jj on Monday February 1 2016 at 18:29
Not the road thats the problem. Its drivers. More signs and cctv probably way forward and prosecute stupid driving.

Reply Posted by antonio on Monday February 1 2016 at 18:59
Needs traffic lights with camras on a mini round about wouldnt solve any problem to bi fair coz folk would just drive atrey orr it!!!!

Reply Posted by Observer on Tuesday February 2 2016 at 09:33
Theres lots of ares could do with re vamping all round barnsley..

Reply Posted by paul on Wednesday February 3 2016 at 23:42
whats point in a mini rarndabart they get driven over like this one on junction market st hawshaw lane n wombwell rd, but ya going fo cheap way agean.

Reply Posted by Ricky on Sunday February 7 2016 at 00:02
What ? It does not take a miracle worker to work out that the cause of the accidents is because that junction almost directly sits where the speed limit changes 30 to 40 one way and 40 to 30 the other way it's hard to judge people's speed when you have opposing traffic slowing down or speeding up just move the speed sign further up the hill to just before the speed camera problem solved or waste money and make it worse on a silly roundabout

Reply Posted by wiggsy on Wednesday February 10 2016 at 19:51
There have been fatalities at this location going back much further than the 10 years someone has mentioned.
Remembering that relatives and friends of those lost might see this, I'll try not to identify any specific incident but, it is true that many lives have been lost.
One problem is vehicles coming down Wood Walk failing to get their speed down in time for the right hand bend just past the train station.
Another, is drivers from the Wombwell direction, coming out of the parked vehicle jungle of Hough Lane in a frustrated state, and some of them can't wait to get their foot down a bit as they clear the stretch past the cricket club and old foundry, and down around the bend to the nice straight stretch of Wood Walk. The trouble being, of course, that there is a crossroads just around that bend, and vehicles pulling out into the main road can be caught out by any fast cars suddenly appearing and bearing down on them. The train station car park is also at that location and so, cars emerging from there are in the same boat.
Other problems can result from signs and road markings not being sufficient and clearly visible from a distance, from the side roads as well as the main road. Driving can be a bit trance-like, and signs at a black-spot like this need to really grab the subconscious of a driver.
Another problem is that even with good signage, the layout of buildings, structures, backgrounds, etc. can cause some deception of the drivers bearings, causing misjudgement of distance and speed in relation to a junction.
A driver might temporarily panic a bit, and be more interested in finding where the road went, than in noticing signs. Remember, not all drivers have local knowledge, and their driving senses might need help at a place like this.
So, putting all that together, in my opinion, (as an extensively experienced professional driver, modestly mentioned for qualification), the traffic needs slowing down and the drivers' subconscious auto-pilots need signalling in no uncertain terms of the dangers of the junction ahead, and in plenty of time for them to think, react, and adjust to the upcoming danger spot.
The planners and highways dept. will know what available to be able to pull this off.
I acknowledge that, over the years, the council has indeed tried to improve the safety of this area of roadway but, from what I gather, it seems like more needs to be done to save people from the kind of tragic suffering that some have had to bear in the past.

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