Wharram-le-Street villagers launch bid to make B1248 safer

Police at the scene of the crash on the B1248 near Wharram-le-Street last year in which three people were killed

Police at the scene of the crash on the B1248 near Wharram-le-Street last year in which three people were killed

First published in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Political reporter

NORTH Yorkshire villagers are campaigning for safety improvements after seven people lost their lives on a road near their homes in four years.

Residents in Wharram-le-Street are holding a public meeting to air their concerns about the B1248, which passes through the village, and have set up a Facebook page, called Make The B1248 SAFE to push for road safety measures in the village.

In November, mother and son Iwona, 40, and Konrad Batczak, 18, and Rysard Orlowski, 47, all died in an early morning crash as they travelled from Hull to work at the Malton Bacon Factory.

Now the parish council wants to prevent more deaths on the road.

Roger Kay, chairman of Wharram-le-Street Parish Council, said villagers have had concerns about the number of serious and fatal accidents on the B1248 between North Grimston and the Fimber roundabout for several years.

Locals think driving on the B1248 can be so dangerous the stretch of road is like the Isle of Man TT Races, and even though the village has a 40mph speed limit they regularly see cars overtaking at 55mph to 60mph near farm entrances and a busy crossroads, he added.

He said: “Many parishioners have concerns about the standard of driving – overtaking, speeding, and reckless driving – on that stretch of road.

“This is the main arterial road to Hull, and there have been seven fatalities in the last four years.

“We don’t think there is another stretch of road in North Yorkshire, except the A64, with a record as bad,” Mr Kay said.

Ideally, they want a 30mph limit imposed through the village and fixed speed cameras installed.

Mr Kay often hears from walkers who pass through Wharram-le-Street on the Wolds Way who support the calls for better road safety.

“The police are very supportive, but they are limited in their resources and North Yorkshire is a such a massive county they can only spend a few hours here a week,” he said.

The public meeting will take place on January 21 at 7pm in Wharram-le-Street Parish Church.

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8:26am Thu 9 Jan 14

Tom6187 says...

People are driving like lunatics everywhere, good luck with it but I can't see a great deal changing, it gets worse by the day.
People are driving like lunatics everywhere, good luck with it but I can't see a great deal changing, it gets worse by the day. Tom6187
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11:27am Thu 9 Jan 14

Maltonian says...

It's a fairly decent road already for a "B" road - in fact better than some "A" roads. That's the problem - drivers going too fast and taking risks when overtaking
It's a fairly decent road already for a "B" road - in fact better than some "A" roads. That's the problem - drivers going too fast and taking risks when overtaking Maltonian
  • Score: 6

2:14am Fri 10 Jan 14

Magicman! says...

Maltonian wrote:
It's a fairly decent road already for a "B" road - in fact better than some "A" roads. That's the problem - drivers going too fast and taking risks when overtaking
Indeed. The problem is that it's all up hill and down dale... blind summits and blind bends that drivers may take too fast, especially if unfamiliar to the area. I've cycled along there a few times and seem some close misses from those who overtake when they really shouldn't.

In an ideal world, the road would be completely flattened out and widened - but that will never happen!
[quote][p][bold]Maltonian[/bold] wrote: It's a fairly decent road already for a "B" road - in fact better than some "A" roads. That's the problem - drivers going too fast and taking risks when overtaking[/p][/quote]Indeed. The problem is that it's all up hill and down dale... blind summits and blind bends that drivers may take too fast, especially if unfamiliar to the area. I've cycled along there a few times and seem some close misses from those who overtake when they really shouldn't. In an ideal world, the road would be completely flattened out and widened - but that will never happen! Magicman!
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