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The closure of a major Derby road following a car accident has prompted renewed calls for a re-think on access to a planned housing estate due to be built in the same area.
Recovery vehicles sent to the scene appear to have resulted in the road’s closure for some time and queues stretching back in both directions. Full details of the incident are not known because Derbyshire police could not find any trace of it in their records, despite officers being present yesterday.
City councillor Mick Barker, who represents Oakwood, said this was a situation which illustrated the need to keep Acorn Way as a link road, with no turns off it and no footpaths.
He said: “The upcoming development of 275 houses on the former Brook Farm site was given the go-ahead to be accessed from Acorn Way, with the future potential reduction in speed on that road from the 60mph national limit down to 50mph.
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“That won’t be enough to stop accidents on this extremely fast and twisting section of the road and more importantly any incident on that road, resulting in its closure, means that people would not be able to access the new estate when it is built.
“One way on and off that estate is a disaster for those people who will live there. If the road is closed, as occurs even for litter-picking, how are car driving residents of the new development supposed to access their properties from this road?
“It’s not as if they can even walk to their homes because there is no footpath. This incident illustrates why I, and many other people, felt choosing an access of Acorn Way was a bad idea.”
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A series of major and minor incidents have taken place on the 2.7km busy road, which links Chaddesden and Oakwood, in the past eight years but despite this planning permission has been given for a junction to be created just before the road dips down towards Lees Brook.
Mr Barker added: “I don’t believe we should be discussing the reduction of the speed limit, I think the greater debate is accessing the junction from Acorn Way when there is existing planning permission from Oregon Way, which is far more sensible - and safe.
“I did originally object to the access onto Acorn Way on the grounds of road safety - the road being notorious for accidents in and around the proposed alteration. I still firmly believe that 50mph will not ensure safety of turning traffic to and from this development.
Acorn Way was built in the late 1980s to provide access to the then growing Oakwood housing development. Existing accesses from it are for agricultural use and the first 660 metres from Derby Road has a 40mph speed limit.
The plan is to create islands in the centre of the road – a device more commonly seen on major trunk roads - to provide protection for turning vehicles and preventing overtaking through the junction, which will mean widening the road and raising the level.
Hundreds of people objected to the Brook Farm development, which was orginally turned down by councilllors, but overturned on appeal with access from Oregon Way and subsequently a second application ensured access from Acorn Way.