Fears of more accidents at ‘frightening’ M40 junction

A MOTORIST fears a fatal accident is in the waiting with drivers coming of the M40 in danger of overshooting a T-junction.

David Hazell said where the M40 junction 13 northbound slip road meets the B4100, near Bishops Tachbrook, is a danger zone.

Mr Hazell, who uses the road on a regular basis, said near-misses and shunts are a regular feature, with the latest involving two cars early last Saturday afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said one car ended upside down

A fast-response vehicle and an ambulance attended and crews dealt with three people who had minor injuries, with one taken to Warwick Hospital with neck pain.

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Mr Hazell, of Ladbroke Road, Bishops Itchington, said motorists coming off the M40 and not familiar with the area don’t see the T-junction on the brow of the hill.

The telecoms engineer said: “It’s absolutely frightening. I have seen cars that have swerved and cars that have been smashed into.

“I have complained to the Highways Agency and MPs about it.

“The Highways Agency said it has a good safety record, but a lot of near-misses are never reported.

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“It’s a combination of people not familiar with the area and motorway mode, and before you know it you’re on top of the junction.”

He has called on the Highways Agency to redesign the junction and put up traffic lights and for Warwickshire County Council to repair crash barriers and directional signs by the B4100, which Mr Hazell said were damaged months ago.

A Highways Agency spokesperson said: “Safety is a top priority and we work with road safety organisations and the police to ensure that our road network is amongst the safest in the world. We will continue to monitor the location to identify any specific safety issues.”

While a county council spokesman said: “We have noted the damage to the barrier. It is in the system and will be repaired in due course.”