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Parents still battling for justice 23 years after son was killed in Neston horror crash

Collision at notorious accident blackspot claimed the life of teenager Andrew Fielding

Pauline Fielding now campaigns for road safety after her son was killed in a crash 23 years ago(Image: Liverpool Echo)

The mum of a student who was killed in a horror crash at a notorious accident blackspot in Neston has vowed she will fight for the junction to be made safer until her dying day.

Andrew Fielding's family have been campaigning for change ever since his death 23 years ago.

The 18-year-old student was driving to a football match with friends when he was forced to swerve to avoid a car which cut across his path on the A540 Chester High Road in Neston at the junction with Raby Park Road.

His Vauxhall Astra collided with an oncoming car, causing him fatal injuries.

His parents Pauline and David, from Heswall, have campaigned tirelessly for road safety improvements, and successfully fought to have the speed limit reduced from 60 to 40mph, The Liverpool Echo reports.

But Mrs Fielding, 72, says the road is still dangerous and has renewed her campaign for traffic lights to be installed at the junction.

She said: “Until the day I die I will try to make sure something is done.

“The car which caused the crash stopped initially but then sped off and the driver was never traced.

"That day changed our lives and has affected so many of Andrew’s family and friends.

“Long before Andrew died we had recognised the road’s dangers and always avoided turning there. We went a different way because we thought it was too dangerous, so it’s ironic that that’s where it happened.

“Since then traffic has increased on the A540. There are more heavy lorries using it on their way to and from the Aldi Distribution Centre.

“Neston High School is being rebuilt to accommodate more pupils so the numbers using Raby Park Road will increase. It is still a dangerous road.”

Mrs Fielding said she had been told a car crashed on the road as recently as two weeks ago.

A meeting of Neston Town Council earlier this year heard sight lines at the junction were poor and large vehicles, especially buses, were unable to negotiate the turn into Raby Park Road without mounting the kerb.

Councillors were also told work to extend nearby Neston High School and add more sporting and community facilities would increase traffic outside of school hours.

The meeting was told installing traffic lights would be the most effective solution – but Cheshire West and Chester Council could not afford the £800,000-£1million cost.

Proposals to increase the speed limit at the junction to 50mph were put forward in 2004 but were withdrawn after a successful campaign by Pauline.

Ellesmere Port and Neston MP Justin Madders (Lab) speaking in the House of Commons

Ellesmere Port and Neston MP Justin Madders has worked with the Fieldings to launch a petition calling for traffic lights at the junction, which currently has around 900 signatures.

Mrs Fielding, who is North West co-ordinator for the charity RoadPeace, added: “If this was done I would feel much happier.

“It’s ridiculous – the problem is still there and the potential for further deaths and accidents is still there.

“I just feel I have got to do whatever I can to make sure the situation is changed.

“All along what we’ve been trying to do is prevent other families losing a loved one as we have.”

Cheshire West and Chester Council has been contacted for comment.

Mr Madders said: “This is a very dangerous stretch of road with many accidents occurring over a number of years, some sadly resulting in the loss of life.

“I have therefore been working with Mrs Fielding and other local people to get a petition together so that we can see some much needed safety improvements take place on the road.

“I hope that we are successful in bringing about much needed change.”

The petition can be found here.

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