September 28th, 2016

Improvements set to be made to notorious junction near Shipston

Improvements set to be made to notorious junction near Shipston Improvements set to be made to notorious junction near Shipston
Updated: 11:26 am, Jul 10, 2015

IMPROVEMENTS are set to be made to a notorious junction near Shipston.

Calls were made for Warwickshire County Council to take action at the Portabello crossroads where the Campden Road meets the Fosse Way following a fatal accident in December last year.

Julios Catachanas was killed after his car was involved in a crash with a Royal Mail lorry at the junction.

The 25-year-old was rushed to University Hospital in Coventry but died just two days before Christmas.

An investigation was launched into the circumstances behind the crash, which a county council spokesman said followed ‘a recent and emerging trend’ of recorded collisions at the crossroads.

And an online petition launched in the aftermath of Mr Catachanas’ death gained more than 1,600 signatures with many arguing a roundabout should be put in before the blackspot claimed another life.

It has now been agreed to carry out improvements – including realigning some of the road’s layout, widening the Fosse Way and altering road markings – in a bid to make the junction safer.

The council hope these modifications along with plans for new signs, improved street lighting, carriageway resurfacing, central islands, and the removal of some trees and bushes, will increase visibility for drivers.

The project, which is estimated to cost £200,000, has received contributions from the individual county councillor grant funds of Shipston county councillor Chris Saint and council leader Izzi Seccombe.

Coun Saint, said: “Safety at Portabello Crossroads has been an important issue for the community and we would like to take this opportunity to thank residents for their involvement to improve safety for motorists.

“We believe the works will provide significant benefits compared to the existing situation and are pleased to support these changes.”