Haulier critical of fatal crash road layout

Investigators at the scene of the crash at the A6 roundabout in June
Investigators at the scene of the crash at the A6 roundabout in June

The boss of a leading haulage firm has branded a newly created roundabout one of the worst designs he has seen.

The new roundabout layout on the A6 betweeen Burton Latimer has already been the scene of a fatal accident since it was completed earlier this year.

Following criticism from the managing director of county haulier C Butt Ltd, developer Taylor Wimpey has said it is now looking at results of a recent safety investigation with a view to making changes.

Clive Hodgkinson, managing director of Northampton-based C Butt Ltd, said: “Words fail me as to who designed or constructed this roundabout.

“This construction is about the worst I’ve seen on roads for a long, long time. I was horrified driving down it.”

Approaching from Finedon, the road has an uphill gradient then swings to the left and the right, which has left Mr Hodgkinson fearing a lorry could tip over there.

He added: “If they are looking into it, then that is fine. But like most things in life, actions speak louder than words and we will wait to see what they do.”

Mr Hodgkinson also said he had issues with road markings, saying they do not give enough time for drivers to be in the right lane.

On Monday, June 11 – days after the roundabout opened – 54-year-old Henry Cave from Ely in Cambridgeshire was killed as he failed to negotiate the roundabout.

He was thrown from his vehicle and suffered fatal injuries.

The roundabout was put in place by the developers to link to a housing estate built on the edge of Burton Latimer.

It was opened in June after extensive road layout work.

Taylor Wimpey and the county council met last week to discuss the possibility of futher works.

Dominic Harman, managing director of Taylor Wimpey East Midlands, said: “A stage three safety audit, which is standard procedure for highway works of this nature, has been carried out and we remain in discussion with Northamptonshire County Council.

“We are aware of the letter C Butt Ltd has sent to the council, which again is being considered as part of the final safety audit.”