An MP has written to transport bosses over his concerns for safety at a roundabout off the M60 after a 4×4 overturned there – killing the driver.
Andrew Gwynne has asked the Highways Agency for more information on the horror smash at Denton Island, at junction 24, which he described as the ‘worst accident blackspot in Tameside’.
Driver Keith Foster was seriously injured after his Land Rover Discovery ploughed into a lamppost and flipped onto its roof at the roundabout on Friday night.
The 64-year-old, from Cheadle Heath, Stockport, was taken to Manchester Royal Infirmary, where he later died.
Mr Gwynne, MP for Denton, has long-campaigned for improved safety at the island – including calling for traffic lights to be installed there as a councillor 15 years earlier.
Earlier this year, he intervened in the ‘Pinch Point’ redevelopment work at the roundabout after local people raised concerns that the new fast-flowing lane for traffic coming off the motorway onto the A57 could be dangerous for residents coming out of their driveways.
The Highways Agency installed a give way feature on the lane as a result – but Mr Gwynne said he was still concerned about the safety of the junction.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“After seeing reports of this fatality, I wrote to the Highways Agency asking for copies of the traffic reports. I’m very concerned about what they have done to this junction as part of Pinch Point.
“This lane is just part of £5m-worth of work to ease congestion at the island but there needs to be a balance between traffic flowing freely, traffic moving safely and meeting the requirements of local residents.”
Mr Gwynne added that the island had always proved to be a problem because its design means that HGVs often topple over on the way round it.
“It has been the worst accident blackspot in Tameside ever since it opened.
“The Highways Agency have tinkered with it over the years but probably the most sensible thing they did was 15 years ago when they installed traffic signals. I think this new lane needs signals too. I’ve witnessed people coming off the motorway and ignoring the give way signs.”
The police’s serious collision investigation unit is still trying to establish the circumstances surrounding the crash. It is unclear at this stage whether the Land Rover had been using the newly-built lane or ended up on it following the smash.
Sergeant Lee Westhead, from GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said:
“Our thoughts are with this man’s family and friends at this tragic time.
“If anyone saw the collision, the Land Rover prior to the collision, or if they have any information that may assist us, I would urge them to contact police as soon as possible.”
Any witnesses can contact GMP on 0161 856 4741.
This article first appeared in the Manchester Evening News on 5th May 2014.