Calls for action at blackspot

Lister Street and Osborne Road
Lister Street and Osborne Road

SAFETY talks could be held amid claims a busy junction in a residential street has been plagued by a string of collisions.

People living in Osborne Road and Lister Street, in Hartlepool, say there have been a series of smashes at the crossroads linking the two streets.

The latest saw a 26-year-old cyclist airlifted to hospital with head injuries after a collision involving a Renault Scenic last week.

Residents say more should be done to control traffic after a series of incidents, while Hartlepool Borough Council highways bosses say they will look at the area and discuss the situation with residents if they contact them with their concerns.

Andrew Tilley, a 51-year-old mechanic, of Osborne Road, said: “I know of there being three or four accidents. In one a car overturned on that junction.

“They dropped the speed to 20mph but, to be honest, some people don’t adhere to it. I know some people have asked for speed humps.

“There are kids playing up and down this street. God forbid if any got caught between two cars.”

A 30-year-old resident in Osborne Road, who did not wish to be named, said: “There’s been a few crashes there. Cars fly up the street pretty fast. They don’t slow down at the junction sometimes.

“The council should put mirrors or something up so drivers can see either way.”

Drivers using Lister Street have to give way at the junction with Osborne Road and there are give way signs.

A Lister Street resident, who did not want to be named, said: “The council could look at it because there has been quite a few accidents over the years.

“They painted white lines at the junction, but you can hardly see them. Maybe if they repainted that it would help.”

Peter Frost, traffic team leader at Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “Any road accident concerns us and our thoughts are with the injured cyclist.

“Speed surveys have been carried out in this location in the past, most recently in September 2011. Then the average recorded speed was 22mph in what is a 20mph zone.

“If residents contact us with their concerns we will, of course, look into them to see whether any form of action is required.”

Police launched an investigation after last Monday’s collision in which a 42-year-old was reported for summons for driving without due car and attention.

Any witnesses who have not yet spoken to police are asked to contact PC Bruce Thorpe, of Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, on the non-emergency 101 number, quoting the reference 146216.