Call for safety measures at West Lavington A286 accident ‘black spot’

Air Ambulance in action
Air Ambulance in action

SAFETY measures are being called for after the latest crash yesterday (Wednesday October 2) at an accident ‘black spot’ on the A286 on the edge of Midhurst.

A 63 year old motor cyclist suffered arm and leg injuries and was taken to St Richards hospital after colliding with a pick-up van on the road outside the Royal Oak pub at West Lavington.

The crash happened shortly after midday and the man was treated by air ambulance paramedics before being taken to St Richards Hospital at Chichester.

Concerned Midhurst resident Peter Cochrane is to raise the danger issues at the next meeting of the County Local Committee at Lurgashall Village Hall on Tuesday evening (October 8)

Mr Cochrane has already discussed the dangers with West Lavington Parish Council, Midhurst town councillors, residents of homes bordering the road at the danger spots and managers at the Royal Oak and Greyhound pubs.

“All want to see safety improvements,” he said. “The matter is gaining increasing importance due to the rising amount of national park and Goodwood event traffic, much of which is unfamiliar with this stretch of road.”

He said there were a series of hazards along the A286 between the New Road and Chichester Road junction on the edge of Midhurst to the north and the Greyhound Inn to the south.

These include restricted visibility for those entering and leaving the Royal Oak, poor visibility at the junction leading to Pendean Nursing Home and Dunford Training Centre at West Lavington and what campaigners claim are inadequate speed restrictions along the stretch of road which vary from 30mph to 50mph.

Mr Cochrane has several proposals for safety improvements which he hopes to put to West Sussex county councillors on Tuesday.

The meeting at Lurgashall starts at 7pm and is open to the public.