MP calling for talks over A21 safety concerns

MP Greg Barker and Cllr John Barnes discuss safety issues on the A21 at Hurst Green.
MP Greg Barker and Cllr John Barnes discuss safety issues on the A21 at Hurst Green.

POLITICIANS are calling for urgent talks over safety measures on a notorious stretch of the A21 following a fatal accident earlier this summer.

Bexhill and Battle MP Greg Barker called for a high level meeting with the Highways Agency after discussing ongoing concerns about the A21 at Hurst Green with East Sussex County Councillor John Barnes recently.

Mr Barker and Cllr Barnes inspected the road at Ashdene Service Station, close to the scene of a fatal accident.

Battle resident Sylvia Davies, 66, died after her car collided with two heavy goods vehicles on the A21 on July 18 this year.

One of the lorry drivers, a 27-year-old man from Potters Bar, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

He was questioned by police and released on bail until September 20.

Mr Barker said the accident showed that “serious improvements” need to be made along the Hurst Green stretch of the A21.

Mr Barker said: “We all know that the A21 is one of the most dangerous roads in Britain.

“Yet another horrific accident this summer has underlined the need for serious improvements.

“I want the Highways Agency to listen carefully to the village and local people, to appreciate just how concerned residents are and to bring forward a set of safety measures that we can all support.

“I will be contacting the parish council and our district councillors and others to set a date for our meeting as soon as possible.”

East Sussex County Councillor John Barnes said: “ I am very grateful to Greg for taking this up.

“The Highways Agency must be made to revisit the question of safety on this lethal stretch of road as a matter of urgency.

“There have been too many deaths and serious accidents already and if action is not taken they should be held responsible for any future deaths.

“The writing is on the wall.”