Residents’ fears over danger road

BARNWELL. RTA'The A605 at Barnwell, the scene of a road accident were motorcyclist died.
BARNWELL. RTA'The A605 at Barnwell, the scene of a road accident were motorcyclist died.
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Residents have called for improvements to the A605 after a young motorcyclist lost his life.

Tom Cambio, 24, died after his motorbike collided with three cars and a lorry on the stretch of the road near Barnwell on Wednesday.

It was the third road death in the county in 24 hours after Ryan Kirk, 19, of Denford Ash, and Charlotte Filer, 17, of Kettering, died on Tuesday near Grafton Underwood.

Barnwell parish councillor Fred Dudley said: “It’s both the volume and the speed of the traffic which cause the problems. Lorries leave the A1 at Peterborough and use the A605 to get to the A14 at Thrapston. It can be frightening trying to pull out of Barnwell on to the road. We campaigned for an elongated roundabout near the village turn which would have solved the problems but funding allocated for it was spent. It’s terrible someone else has lost their life.”

Pauline Starsmore, who works in the village store, said: “Trying to get on to the A605 from the village can be really difficult because of the number of lorries.”

Four people were killed or seriously injured within a 1km stretch of the A605 between Oundle and Thrapston in a five-year period. It was designated a ‘red route’ in 1999, was taken off the list of most dangerous roads in April 2005 and went back on in April 2009.

A spokesman for the county council said: “Until the accident has been investigated it is difficult to speculate on the cause and if any engineering solutions are required on this particular stretch of road.”

A police spokesman said: “Sadly, since the start of this year we have seen four fatalities on our roads.”