A PENSIONER claims £25,000 spent on safety measures at an accident blackspot in Winsford is money down the drain.
Robin Samways says the ‘improvements’ made at Weaver roundabout, at the bottom of Wharton Hill, have not made the area any less dangerous.
“It’s an accident waiting to happen,” said the 76-year-old, who has lived in Winsford for 40 years.
Mr Samways told the Chronicle he has seen two drivers in the past few weeks turn right at the bottom of the hill and try to go anti-clockwise around the roundabout - because of ‘confusing’ road markings.
“They’ve tried to go the wrong way round and go over the blue bridge towards the town centre,” he said.
“If something had been coming the other way it could have been a disaster. I know other people who’ve said they’ve seen it happen too.
“It’s fine for people who know the town, but visitors could easily misread the markings and get into a lot of trouble.”
Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) began a programme of safety improvements on June 1 after figures showed there were 24 collisions resulting in injuries at roundabout over the last three years.
A spokesman said the road from the roundabout to Station Road, along Winsford bypass, has been reduced to one lane by hatch markings.
On the roundabout itself the road is now split into three lanes opposite The Ark pub and the approach to the High Street arm. All lane markings have been ‘upgraded’.
Mr Samways added: “I’d have thought for £25,000 they could’ve done a better job. It’s really dangerous.”
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