Efforts to make A426 south of Dunchurch less dangerous

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ONE of the most dangerous roads in the borough has had its speed limit reduced to cut the number of casualties.

The stretch of road between Dunchurch and Southam, the A426, has claimed 50 casualties in the past three years and has been the scene of 30 accidents, many of them fatal.

Warwickshire County Council has now reduced the speed limit between Southam and Kites Hardwick to 50mph, meaning the whole stretch of road between Dunchurch and Southam is now either 50mph or below.

Several other safety measures are also being planned by the county council’s Highways Department to make the road safer.

Cllr Robin Hazelton (Cons, Dunchurch) said: “I’m very pleased with this news and hopefully it will mean a reduction in the number of casualties on the Southam Road.

“It should also improve the quality of lives of residents within this area and all those using this road.”

Other planned improvements for the road include a safety camera, some resurfacing work and an

alteration of some crossroads to make the junctions safer.

Cllr Hazelton added: “The plans are in place to make the road even safer and we’re just waiting for the go-ahead from the engineers who will be carrying out the work.”