September 6th, 2016

Sister backs calls for safety measures at junction near Shipston

Sister backs calls for safety measures at junction near Shipston Sister backs calls for safety measures at junction near Shipston
Updated: 4:13 pm, May 07, 2015

THE SISTER of a man who died at a notorious junction near Shipston is backing calls for safety measures.

Julios Catachanas was killed after his car was hit by a lorry at the Portabello crossroads junction where the Campden Road meets the Fosse Way.

The 25-year-old from Derbyshire was taken to University Hospital in Coventry but died the following day.

And now his sister, Panayiota, has added her voice to those urging Warwickshire County County to take action before the accident blackspot claims another life.

She said: “We hope this is the last car accident we will hear about. After the loss of my dear brother I feel it’s time to act and save lives.

“A roundabout would help all drivers slow down and make them aware of what lies ahead so I hope someone has a heart and will start thinking about humanity and not cost.”

Shipston county councillor, Chris Saint, admitted road safety was getting worse but maintained it would be difficult to identify suitable improvements until a technical assessment had been carried out.

He told the Observer: “Having represented that area for many years, I have been studying the safety record that sadly appears to be getting worse despite recent improvements.

“Any proposal to consider a roundabout has not been pursued for several years following road safety improvements along the full length of road between Halford and the county boundary.

“Money has been spent on cost effective measures such as road design, signage and lane positions but with nine collisions in the vicinity of Portabello crossroads in the last three years we do need to review the position.

“I shall not raise expectations, but provide assurance we will find whatever money is necessary to make the South Warwickshire stretch of the Fosse Way safer.”

A petition was set up in the days following the crash by Shipston district councillor Jeff Kenner, who was set to hand it in and discuss the issue further with county council chiefs at a meeting yesterday (Thursday).

He said: “My message to the council is clear – enough is enough. No more lives should be lost and no-one else should have to suffer life-changing injuries at the Portabello crossroads.

“Action must be taken and the council must commit to installing a roundabout – our campaign will go on relentlessly until we achieve that objective.”

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