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Durham resident urges council to ‘act now’ over ‘dangerous’ road that has seen multiple crashes

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A concerned resident has urged Durham County Council to “act now” over a “dangerous” road that has seen multiple crashes.

Nicky Robinson, 26, said he has seen a number of nasty crashes happen on the A181 near Thornley and Cassop in County Durham, some of which being fatal. The Thornley resident has now said it is “only a matter of time” before someone else dies on the road and is calling for it to be made safer.

He has since launched a petition calling for the council to implement a roundabout or traffic light system which would help “slow traffic down”. Nicky said the main problem is that the visibility around the junctions is “poor” meaning drivers are hesitating when pulling out.

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The resident explained: “I have lived here all my life and it’s just terrible. It’s really dangerous to pull out of the junctions because the visibility isn’t great and it’s a 60mph road so people think you just get up to that speed straight away.

“Because of the poor visibility, some drivers are hesitant when pulling out so it’s really dangerous and there have been so many crashes. One of my friends is currently in hospital because he crashed about a week and a half ago.

Nicky Robinson from Thornley, County Durham, who has set up a petition calling for a roundabout or traffic light system to be introduced on the A181 road between Thornley and Cassop
Nicky Robinson from Thornley, County Durham, who has set up a petition calling for a roundabout or traffic light system to be introduced on the A181 road between Thornley and Cassop

“There have also been some fatalities and there’s only a matter of time before someone else dies on this road. There are some people that think it’s just down to the drivers and a few of them probably are but this is a really bad road. I think the council really needs to act now.”

Nicky said residents have raised issues with the council previously but said “no changes have ever been made”. He has urged the council to make changes to the road to make it safer for both drivers and residents.

He said: “I know many residents have written to the council or spoken about changes to be made to the road however no changes have ever been made. There has been a huge amount of people complaining about this road and rightly so, it can take ages to pull out of the junction too which can cause accidents in itself.

“I think the best option would be a roundabout or a traffic light system because then it would slow both sides down and make it much safer. Durham County Council has the power to change this. It’s time for changes to be made to the road to increase resident and drivers safety.”

The petition, which is being backed by local councillors including Trimdon and Thornley’s Jake Miller, has so far received more than 500 signatures with more signing every day.

In response, Mark Jackson, Durham County Council’s head of transport and contract services, said: “In recent years we have made changes to increase the visibility for vehicles exiting this junction following safety concerns.

“While we are unable to make significant structural changes to the A181 without acquiring land and funding, we are investigating what further preventative measures can be put in place to benefit traffic flow in this area.”

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