A1307 claims third life this year

PUBLISHED: 16:51 24 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:29 31 May 2010

A sixteen-year-old boy sat alongside his father as he was killed in a devastating road accident on the A1307 on Saturday. Dale Roberts and dad, also Dale Roberts, were in a red Nissan Micra near to the Bartlow Road turnoff at Linton at 11.20am, when their

A SIXTEEN-year-old boy sat alongside his father as he was killed in a devastating road accident on the A1307 on Saturday.

Dale Roberts and dad, also Dale Roberts, were in a red Nissan Micra near to the Bartlow Road turnoff at Linton at 11.20am, when their car was in a head-on collision with a silver Peugeot 306 being driven by a 28-year-old Norfolk woman.

The impact killed Dale Roberts senior. His son, who lived in Haverhill, and the Norfolk woman both suffered minor injuries.

Mr Roberts, 47, of Cambridge Street, Godmanchester, is the third person to die on the A1307 this year, prompting renewed calls for the safety of the road to be improved.

Spokesman for road safety group Access 1307 Esther Cornell said: "We wish to send our condolences to the family and friends of Mr Roberts. The stretch of road where the accident occurred has a high accident record with three fatal accidents in just two-and-a-half years, all within metres of each other, and we have to question the reason why.

"We are pressing the county council to undertake the planned safety measures. However, we would ask the drivers take care. This area does have many hazards and the margin for error is small - safety on the road is the responsibility of the highway authority and the drivers that use it."

Team leader of Cambridgeshire County Council's road safety engineering group Amanda Mays said that the council was working to improve the safety at several different points along the main Cambridge-Haverhill road.

She said: "We are in the process of delivering a scheme at Horseheath, to put in a right-turn and a pedestrian island. The process is ongoing; it's currently in design and will go out to construction later this year."

The Horseheath section of the A1307 is where two Linton schoolgirls have been killed in the last 18 months, demonstrating the urgency of road safety improvements.

Ms Mays also hinted that speed limit reductions for the A1307 near Linton were being looked at, but that it was too early to say if and when they would be implemented.

"It's a real balancing act," she said. "What makes the road safer for one set of users may well end up making it more dangerous for another."

Cambridgeshire Police are hoping that somebody who witnessed the accident will be able to help them in their investigation. Investigating officer Sgt Steve Watson said: "I would like to hear from anyone who was on this stretch of the A1307 and saw this collision. Any information, no matter how small, could prove vital in determining what happened."

Anyone with any information should contact Sgt Watson at the road policing team on 08454 564564.

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