Council calls for action at ‘blind corner’
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Head-on crash injures two a day after councillors meet to discuss road safety issues in Bishops Tawton.
BISHOPS Tawton Parish Council says it is “pushing on” with plans to tackle road safety at a notorious “blind corner”.
Less than 24 hours after councillors discussed the issue at a meeting on Thursday night, two motorists were hospitalised following a head-on crash in the village.
Part of the A377 near Rumsam Bridge was closed for much of Friday evening after the collision between a grey Peugeot 205 and a silver Freelander, which happened shortly after 4pm. Two male casualties, a 65 and a 73-year-old, both from Barnstaple, are understood to be in a “critical but stable condition” at North Devon District Hospital.
On Monday, parish council chairman John Taylor told the Gazette: “We’ve been on about this piece of road for many years.
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“In the past, there have been two deaths about 70 yards from Friday’s accident – a motorcyclist about seven years ago, and a policeman about 15 years ago.
“It’s a blind corner and we consider it to be an accident black-spot – although I understand there has to be five deaths there before it is officially classed as one.”
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Mr Taylor said the parish council would be asking Devon County Council to consider painting double yellow lines along the 150-yard stretch of road.
“It’s a dilemma because there is nowhere for residents to park, but we are looking at the possibility of using a grass bank for alternative parking.
“We are trying to make a case for this now, but budget restrictions could be a problem.”