Residents speak of concern after fire engine accident on Latteridge Road
12:34pm Wednesday 9th July 2014 in News By Alexandra Womack, senior reporter covering Yate, Chipping Sodbury, Winterbourne, Frampton Cotterell, Rangeworthy, Wickwar, Hawkesbury, Iron Acton, Coalpit Heath and Old Sodbury
RESIDENTS of a notoriously dangerous road which connects Yate with the M5 motorway are bracing themselves for more problems after a car transporter collided with a fire engine.
People living on the B4059 Latteridge Road fear more accidents similar to the one on Thursday (July 3) which caused chaos on a 30mph stretch of the road, at the duck pond in Latteridge.
No-one was injured in the accident which happened at around 12.30pm on a sharp bend locals say was never meant for excessively large vehicles to use.
Brian Taylor, who witnessed the collision, said: “This type of incident occurs on a regular basis due to the inadequate road for these sized lorries. “Two 44tonne lorries on numerous occasions will meet on this bend and have to reverse back into other traffic travelling in the same direction in order to negotiate this bend.
“This situation is dangerous and totally unsatisfactory not to mention the speed that cars and lorries still reach on this stretch of road even though it is a 30mph limit.”
An Avon Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said the vehicle was on a non blue-light, routine journey and the collision is currently being investigated by the service.
In 2010, the Gazette reported how residents of the road had formed a campaign group against HGVs using the road, which leads to the A38 and junction 14 of the M5, particularly Morrisons delivery drivers who used the route regularly.
Lisa Kopper, custodian of Tudor manor house and South Gloucestershire’s most historically important building Acton Court, which has been partially damaged by the reverberations from continual traffic, said things had improved since Morrisons closed its depot in Yate.
“For a while the road doing a better because the depot was not open and we don’t seem to have had as many Hanson quarry lorries either,” she said this week.
“But just in the past three weeks we have started getting more lorry traffic and as soon as we get more lorries we get more problems.”
She added: “There particularly seems to be more double lorries using the road and that can be very scary.
“It is such a narrow road and it is not in good condition as there are lots of potholes so it is a worry.
“I am always amazed we don’t get more accidents here.”
Residents have vowed to keep a close eye on the situation, especially now Acton Court has opened for the season and will see more pedestrians visiting the ancient building, and pledged to complain to South Gloucestershire Council if the situation escalates.
Last year the authority lowered the speed limit from 40mph to 30mph on Latteridge Road because of a high accident record – 37 injury accidents between 2001 and 2012 of which 34 were slight and three were serious.
At the time, senior engineer Richard Lewis, said: “The B4059 passes through the centre of the rural villages of Latteridge and Earthcott. It is an important route between the M5 motorway and the Iron Acton bypass and carries a significant proportion of HGV traffic.”