Top level talks have taken place to discuss improving road safety at a notorious crash blackspot where eight Doncaster teenagers have died.
The Free Press launched a campaign demanding safety measures by introduced on the A630 Sheffield Road in Cnisbrough, which has been backed by more than 2,100 readers.
It followed the deaths of Arpad Kore and Bartosz Bortniczak, both 18, and 16-year-olds Blake Cairns, Jordanna Goodwin and Megan Storey following a horror crash in November. In 2011 Michael Gallagher, 16, 15-year-old Tom Hughes and Antonia Brown, 14, also died in a collision on the same stretch of the A630.
Now as a result of our campaign - which you can back by filling in the coupon below - Doncaster Council, South Yorkshire Police and South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership, have met to to discuss a course of action for the road. A full review of the road will not be completed and findings published until the conclusion of a polcie investigation into November’s crash.
Peter Dale, the council’s director of environment said: “We have said that we will take whatever action is necessary on the road, but we cannot do that until we have all the facts.”
An inquest into the deaths of Arpad and Jordanna, both of Intake, Blake, of Wheatley Hills, Megan, of Armthorpe, and Bartosz, of Edenthorpe, is due to conclude in April.
Chf Supt Rachel Barber, chairman of the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership, said: “South Yorkshire Police support the approach which the council is taking to enable us to complete a full investigation into the circumstances of this tragic collision, without prejudicing any of the potential outcomes.
“We shall endeavour to do this as quickly as possible and present our findings to the coroner in due course.”
In the latest crash, the five teenagers, who were all friends from Danum Academy were in a blue Toyota Corolla when it collided with a grey Seat Leon. Police believe a a black Vauxhall Corsa may also have also been involved.
A 21-year-old man, who police believe was driving the Corsa, was arrested and bailed pending further inquiries.