Safety pleas as blackspot near Petworth claims a life

A fatal crash at a notorious blackspot between Petworth and Northchapel has sparked renewed calls for motorists to drive carefully and reduce their speeds.

After Petworth’s county councillor Chris Duncton visited the site of the accident on the A283 he issued a plea to motorists to drive carefully on the notorious stretch of road which has seen a number of serious injury accidents and six fatalities.

Cllr Duncton said the cause of the accident in which a 41 year old woman from Chichester died on Monday February 27, had not yet been established, but he urged motorists to take care on the road and reduce their speeds.

“I use this stretch of road regularly and early in the morning. It is a fast, straight piece of road with rises in it and it is notoriously dangerous.

“Every time I use this particular stretch of road I instinctively pull the steering wheel to the side of the road before I get to the rise, because you cannot see what is coming over it in the opposite direction.”

He said he believed the only way to improve safety would be to shave the brow of the hill so that cars could see each other coming.

“I think this is one of the worst spots on the A283 between Northchapel and Petworth,” he told the Observer.

For full story see Midhurst and Petworth Observer, March 1