Fight to make ‘worst road in Britain’ safe

Notton parish councilor Stephen Selby with Sandy Keany
Notton parish councilor Stephen Selby with Sandy Keany

Campaigners have renewed their fight to make a road safer after another fatality.

Last week, 16-year-old Hannah Hunter was killed and three other people seriously injured after a car they were travelling in hit a tree on Chevet Lane in Notton.

For the past 17 years Notton parish councillor Stephen Selby has been campaigning to get road signs put up and the 60mph speed limit reduced along the stretch between Notton Crossroads and Sandal.

He says its is the worst road in Britain after it claimed the life of his friend and uncle.

Mr Selby was one of the first on the scene when his friend Tony Keany, 24, was knocked off his bike and killed by a speeding driver in 1995. Then in 2003 his uncle Vincent Harris died in a head-on collision. There were another two deaths close to Notton crossroads in 2009.

Mr Selby, 48, got the speed limit reduced to 40mph near Sandal and new signs put up at the crossroads, but says more needs to be done.

He said: “After 17 years we are still seeing people dying on this stretch of road. It is the worst road in Britain. How many crashes do there have to be?

“I have attended the scene of nearly every accident that has occurred on this road and have seen the carnage and met the families themselves.

“I urge people to avoid that road at all costs until the council spends money on it.”

Mr Selby has been working with Tony Keany’s mother Sandy, 61, of Royston, who holds road safety talks at schools and community groups with Road Peace, Steer Clear and SCARD (Support and Care After Road Death and injury).

She said: “When I heard of this latest incident I just felt for the family. It brings it all back. If changes on this road save one life, it’ll be worth it.”

Wakefield Council said there had only been one other fatal accident on Chevet Lane, in 1999, and it has been called to clear up after 10 accidents during the past 20 years.

A spokesman said the council inspects the road monthly and has responded to issues raised by Mr Selby.