Residents welcome probe into blackspot

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A PUBLIC inquiry is to be held into plans for improvements to a notorious South Yorkshire road accident blackspot.

The hearing, expected to last four days, will examine two elements of the proposed scheme for the A57 at Todwick which have caused controversy- compulsory purchase orders and side roads orders.

The major concern raised during public consultation was that drivers would no longer be able to turn right into Goosecarr Lane, sending more traffic through the village and past a primary school.

Improvements proposed involve turning the A57 into a dual carriageway from junction 31 of the M1 to Todwick Crossroads, which would be replaced by a roundabout.

The speed limit would also be dropped to 50mph on part of the road.

The public inquiry will be held from 10am on Tuesday, October 4, at the Matrix at Dinnington Business Centre, Nobel Way.

“We are pleased to hear we have finally been granted a public inquiry after eight years,” said Jack Cloke, chairman of Todwick Residents’ Group.

“We have gathered hundreds of signatures on a petition ready to present to the inspector, we are hoping to reach 1,000.”

Mr Cloke said he knew of 35 objectors who would be making representations.

“The residents of Todwick are very concerned about the loss of the right turn into Goosecarr Lane, and I know some of the land owners who are unhappy too.”

Todwick Residents’ Group is collecting signatures on its petition against the loss of the right turn at Todwick Village Hall during opening hours until September 6.

Over the last decade, the A57 at Todwick has claimed the lives of 12 people, including six killed in July 2000 by drink-driver Peter Noble.

Noble who had drunk 13 pints of beer and two Bacardi Breezers, was jailed for 15 years after being found guilty of six counts of causing death by dangerous driving.