‘Make it safe before someone is killed’

neaatw120119a2  We want a roundabout on Mansfield rd.  l to r Helena Lings,Faye Boakes
neaatw120119a2 We want a roundabout on Mansfield rd. l to r Helena Lings,Faye Boakes

A DRIVING instructor from Eastwood is campaigning to get a junction made safer ‘before someone is killed’.

Helena Ling has launched a petition to get a roundabout or a pedestrian crossing put in at the junction of Greenhills Road and Mansfield Road because visibility is ‘horrendous’.

The 25-year-old says coming out of Greenhills Road you cannot see cars coming from the left because of Durban House and the bend in the road.

“It’s just horrendous seeing anything coming,” she said. The walls around Durban House and the angle that the road goes up the hill make it impossible to see.

“Cars speed down that hill really quick because they have good visibility, which makes the situation even worse.”

Last year Helen witnessed a crash after a woman pulled out without being able to see properly and a motorbike came speeding down the hill.

“The motorcyclist slammed on his breaks but he ended up going over the top of the car,” she added. “It wasn’t very nice to see.”

Helena contacted Nottinghamshire County Council after the crash, but claims she was told ‘someone had to die’ before something was done and safety measures were put in place.

There are two bus stops very close to the junction, regularly used by school children, and Eastwood Comprehensive pupils walk that way to school.

And Helena thinks a crossing would not only be useful for the children, but also pensioners who struggle to cross the road.

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