Thousands pledge support for Free Press A630 safety campaign

Floral tributes left on Sheffield Road, on the A630 at Conisbrough. Picture: Marie Caley 18-11-14 Conisbrough Tributes MC 8
Floral tributes left on Sheffield Road, on the A630 at Conisbrough. Picture: Marie Caley 18-11-14 Conisbrough Tributes MC 8

Thousands have pledged to support our campaign for safety improvements on a stretch of road that has claimed the lives of eight teenagers.

Last week we asked you to back our A630 Safety Drive campaign, which calls for Doncaster mayor, Ros Jones, and the council, to make the notorious A630 in Conisbrough safer, following a horrific crash that led to the death of five teenagers.

We teamed up with our sister title, The South Yorkshire Times, to launch the campaign last Thursday.

And since then we have been overwhelmed with support for the A630 Safety Drive, with more 2,000 people backing it on Facebook, and others sending us their campaign slips through the post.

Deryck Pearce, 65, lives a couple of miles from where the fatal accident took place on November 15, and is one of the campaign’s supporters.

He told the Free Press: “I think the answer is simple.

“Make the speed limit 40mph all the way from Warmsworth to Conisbrough.”

Mr Pearce, of Dixon Crescent, Balby added: “I feel it will reduce the amount of serious accidents. I felt so strongly when I read about the campaign. It’s just such a tragic loss of life.

“You can never stop all accidents from taking place, but hopefully if they reduce the speed limit to 40mph you would eliminate one of the contributing factors and help to stop accidents like this from happening.”

Arpad Kore and Bartosz Bortniczak, both 18, and 16-year-olds, Blake Cairns, Jordanna Goodwin and Megan Storey, died as a result of the collision in Sheffield Road, Conisbrough last month.

We want to honour their lives, along with those of Michael Gallagher, 16, Antonia Brown, 14, and Tom Hughes, 15, who died as a result of a collision on the same stretch of road in 2011, by making helping to make the road safer.

The campaign has already received backing of road safety charity Brake and MP Caroline Flint.

And we want you to add weight to the it - by supporting our campaign.

Steve Craft gave his views on Facebook.

He said: “The best way to sort this problem out is to narrow the road. This has been shown to be a very effective method of calming speeds. There’s no need for humps, cameras, they don’t work. The best way is to make the road narrower - it is extremely wide for the whole length entering Conisborough until the 30 limit.”

Doncaster Mayor, Ros Jones, said: “I asked for a review of the A630 immediately after this tragic accident occurred and if road improvement measures are required following our investigations and those of the police, then we will implement them. We will of course keep residents informed about the situation as it progresses.”

A charity football match is due to take place on Sunday at Armthorpe Welfare with ex-Doncaster Rovers stars Ian Snodin, Glynn Snodin, Mark Rankine and Colin Douglas due to play, along with Blake’s brother and Leeds United goalkeeper, Alex Cairns.

A charity raffle will also take place. Prizes include tickets to see One Direction, on tour. The tickets have been donated by the family of Doncaster-born band member Louis Tomlinson.

Money raised on the day will go towards a memorial for the five teens killed in the crash last month.