Stevenage mum calls for better lighting and road rethink after daughter’s crash at Graveley junction

Lesley Newman with her daughter Amie Makins by the scene of the accident

Lesley Newman with her daughter Amie Makins by the scene of the accident - Credit: Archant

A worried mother is campaigning for more street lighting and the road layout to be changed at an accident blackspot after her daughter was injured in a crash there last week.

Lesley Newman with her daughter Amie Makins by the scene of the accident

Lesley Newman with her daughter Amie Makins by the scene of the accident - Credit: Archant

Amie Makins, who lives in Stevenage, was travelling along Graveley Road last Tuesday morning when she crashed into a car coming the other way while she was turning into North Road.

The accident left both drivers with minor injuries, and both cars were write-offs.

Amie’s mother Lesley Newman, 50, is now asking why there isn’t better lighting and a different layout on a road where so many crashes hapen.

Lesley, a nurse at Lister Hospital, said: “The police officers and paramedics at the scene said it’s something they’re just used to seeing


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“I couldn’t believe this. It seems that unless someone dies on the road nothing is going to change.”

Herts County Council made changes to the layout of the junction in May 2012 and some people believe this has turned it into an accident blackspot.

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Lesley is one of them and after hearing that there was another accident on Monday she decided to submit a petition to improve lighting and change its layout.

She added: “If my daughter’s crash was an isolated incident I wouldn’t have done this but accidents are happening every week and something needs to change before it’s too late.”

She is due to hear back from Herts County Council about the petition by next week.

A spokesman for the council said: “There have been a small number of accidents at this junction in the last five years.

“There is no identifiable pattern in the contributory factors relating to the accidents and there are, therefore, no immediate plans to take any safety engineering measures.

“We recognise it would be desirable to address all road safety issues.

“However, we have to prioritise our spending for road safety works.”

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