NIGHTMARE: Drivers slam several dangerous roads
Delavor Road was considered dangerous by some, Image: LDRS
Drivers have slammed several ‘dangerous’ roads in one part of Wirral.
Posting on the Heswall Facebook group page, many motorists were worried about roads including Thurstaston Road, Milner Road and Delavor Road, with some suggesting accidents will happen unless serious action is taken.
One person said: “Thurstaston Road is a nightmare, coming out of Oldfield Road is scary, as is the stupid confusing junction with Delavor Road.
“Many years ago I requested a mini roundabout at the bottom of Thurstaston Road having witnessed many minor bumps, I was told that until there is a very serious accident the council were not interested.
“Maybe a petition or collective group writing to the council and local MP might help?”
Agreeing with them, another member of the group said: “I would be on board with this, me and my kids have nearly been run over a couple of times on Delavor Road and Thurstaston Road, it’s so dangerous and as a driver also I find that junction completely confusing so try to avoid driving near it where possible!”
A fellow member of the group went one step further. They said: “Delavor Road is a race track. We could do with speed bumps, so we can get out of the drive or simply cross the road.”
Others wanted changes to the junction where several roads, including Thurstaston and Delavor, meet.
One person said: “[I] think it would be good for a council member to sit on the benches and watch the crazy traffic at the top of Delavor Road coming to a four way meeting point, why oh why do we have to wait for a bad accident before the council will do something?
“It would be wonderful if the council listened to the public and surrendered to a mini-roundabout, giving us a junction between two or more intersections, an effective form of traffic calming.
“Oh it would be lovely (yes we have suggested this to the council).”
But there are other Heswall roads drivers have concerns with.
Nicola Leighton, 58, who lives on Milner Road, said speeding blighted it.
Speaking to the LDRS, she said: “It’s a 20mph road and people take no notice.
“It is used as a rat run, with cars parked on both sides of the road. I think it should be made a one-way road.”
Asked whether this could cause accidents on the road, she added: “It’s a wonder it’s not happened already.”
Brett Dukes, 66, whose home fronts onto Chester High Road in Heswall, said the road was “the new Silverstone” due to the extent to which vehicles were speeding.
Mr Brett said that there has also been a big increase in the number of HGVs using the road in the last couple of years, with some of them failing to stick to the speed limit.
Discussing the roads many in the Heswall Facebook group had a problem with, Mr Brett thought speeding may not be the issue.
He added: “The problem with Delavor is it’s all downhill.
“Same with Thurstaston Road. It’s all downhill and maybe cars don’t drive that fast but with it being very narrow it might just seem like it.
“On the bright side for Delavor and Thurstaston, they don’t have HGVs up and down there 24/7.”
A Wirral Council spokesperson said: “Speeding traffic and its effect on road safety is understandably a matter of public concern and the council receives many enquiries regarding this from residents and councillors right across Wirral.
“By prioritising how funding for schemes is spent to those places which have ongoing collision histories, over the last 20 years we have helped reduce the number of injury road crashes from 1,379 to just 391 (approximately 72%).
“Whilst this is a significant achievement, we know there is still more to be done to continue to improve road safety for all Wirral’s residents and visitors and that recommendations for schemes, including speed reduction measures, should be taken on an evidence-based approach.”
The spokesperson added: “Physical transport measures on the network related to road safety are generally delivered through our annual Combined Authority Transport Plan programme.
“This budget is already committed for 2021/22, so we are unable to offer any significant engineering work interventions at Thurstaston Road/Delavor Road/Dee View Road at this stage.
“However, we will ensure these locations are put forward for future consideration and should our investigations conclude that physical highway improvements may be warranted then an outline scheme will be proposed and presented -alongside other locations across the borough – for consideration and prioritisation by the Environment, Climate Emergency and Transport Committee.”
Speaking about the safety issues raised, on behalf of Merseyside Police, roads policing inspector Carl McNulty said: “Offenders who drive carelessly and dangerously on our roads not only risk their own safety, they risk the lives of other road users.
“Our Roads Policing Unit patrol the roads of Merseyside to protect people, and regularly help bring to justice those who threaten the safety of pedestrians, drivers and cyclists by driving recklessly and at speed.
“We have seen in Merseyside the devastation that can be caused to victims and their families when people are killed or seriously injured on our roads.”
Mr McNulty added: “Every fatal collision impacts upon the lives of so many people, and we’re committed to reducing such incidents to spare other families the grief and hurt, and putting those who drive dangerously before the courts.
“We target patrols and mobile speed cameras where the public tell us there are issues, and work with local authority partners on traffic calming measures where appropriate. So please report incidents and we will take necessary action.”
Words: George Morgan, Local Democracy Reporter
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