Campaigners launch petition after student seriously hurt in crash

Published date: 09 March 2016 |
Published by: Rebecca Cole 
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CAMPAIGNERS calling for safety measures at a notorious accident hotspot have launched a petition.

Clwyd West AM Darren Millar is demanding action to improve road safety on the dangerous A494 in and around Llanbedr DC in his constituency and, following a serious accident involving teenager Nia Jones recently, he has now launched a petition calling on the Welsh Government to address concerns.

The petition is backed by Denbighshire county councillors Huw Williams and Martyn Holland and Nia, who was badly hurt in a crash involving two cars and a bus near the Clwyd Gate restaurant as she drove home from university on February 1.

Darren, who met with Nia on Friday to discuss the petition, said: “This is a dangerous stretch of road and the lack of action to address local safety concerns has been putting the lives of motorists and other highway users at risk for years.

“Nia could have been killed in the accident last month and I’m not prepared to wait for a tragedy before we see action from the Welsh Government to make this area safer.

“Her accident has underscored the need for this issue to receive urgent attention so I hope that everyone will get behind the campaign and sign the petition.”

Nia added: "If safety measures can be put in place on this road, hopefully it will go a long way to preventing future accidents, and will certainly make me and others feel a lot safer using that road."

Cllr Williams, speaking on behalf of his constituents in Llanbedr DC, said residents were “very concerned” and wanted to see a speed limit reduction.

“Action must be taken as soon as possible to make the area safe and hopefully this petition will help achieve that,” he said.

Cllr Holland added: “I have been calling for action to prevent dangerous overtaking and to improve visibility on bends on this road for some time now.

“We need action before someone is killed.”

To sign the online petition visit www.darrenmillaram.com/campaigns/nias-road-safety-campaign

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