Injured mum launches campaign for safety measures on Sheffield junction

Sophie Redman was injured in a car crash at the junction of Prince of Wales Road and Castlebeck Avenue last week. Her car was spun across the road and into railings. She is now campaiging for filter lights to be installed at the junction.
Sophie Redman was injured in a car crash at the junction of Prince of Wales Road and Castlebeck Avenue last week. Her car was spun across the road and into railings. She is now campaiging for filter lights to be installed at the junction.
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An injured mum is calling for filter lights to be installed on a busy junction after she was left battered and bruised following an accident.

Sophie Redman, from Stannington, was turning from Prince of Wales Road into Castlebeck Avenue, Manor, Sheffield, when she was hit by another car.

Junction of Prince of Wales Road and Castlebeck Avenue

Junction of Prince of Wales Road and Castlebeck Avenue

Her Ford Fiesta was spun into the middle of the road and crashed into railings.

The 24-year-old has now launched an campaign to get Sheffield Council to install filter lights at the junction.

The mum-of-one said: “I have made a Facebook page calling for filter traffic lights at this junction as I’m aware I am not the first person to have had an accident here.

“I was very lucky that I only suffered minor injuries. It could have been a lot worse. I don’t want the same thing to happen to somebody else.”

Sophie, a home support worker for Sheffield Council, was travelling to a meeting at her office on Castlebeck Avenue when the accident happened at about 10.45am on Thursday, September 24.

She said: “I was going to a meeting at my work’s main office and was turning right to go on Castlebeck Avenue.

“There was a lorry turning right on the opposite side of the carriageway. It was blocking my view and so I was edging out to see if I could turn when a car hit me causing my vehicle to spin. I ended up in the railings at Lidl.

“I was taken to the Northern General Hospital for x-rays and tests. Thankfully I haven’t got any broken bones, I’m just really bruised and sore and have whiplash.

“I have just been in bed and thought that I need to do something with my time so I started the campaign.”

A Sheffield Council spokesman said limitations on funding means the authority has to assess and prioritise location for road safety measures.

He added: “Although we cannot know where the next accident may occur, it is more likely to happen at a location having a history of previous accidents than one with few or none. In this way we can focus our attentions effectively on locations where measures are most urgently needed.

“The accident savings scheme criteria agreed by the council’s Cabinet, involves a site scoring points based on accident types and numbers. We will carry out an investigation into the accident record for this junction to see how it scores in comparison to other sites across the city.”

n To support Sophie’s cause search ‘petition for filter light on Prince of Wales Road’ on Facebook.