Safety of junction is called into question

The junction of Albion Street and Station Road, Southwick   'dm1504061a
The junction of Albion Street and Station Road, Southwick 'dm1504061a

TWO incidents at a notorious junction in the space of a couple of days have put the accident hotspot back in the spotlight.

Police were called to a report of a collision involving a cyclist and a Mercedes car in Albion Street, Southwick, last Tuesday at 7.15pm.

There’s an awful lot of concern about that whole area.

David Donaldson

The cyclist, a 42-year-old man from Hove, suffered minor injures and was taken to Worthing Hospital. The car driver, a man aged 36 from Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, was not injured.

The following day police were again called after a car hit and killed a dog in Albion Street, Southwick, at 9.40pm.The dog was removed by the owner.

Danielle Robertson, 40, of Whiterock Place, Southwick, was walking her dog with her friend Lucy when she saw the cyclist collide with the car.

She said: “He was immediately holding his head screaming in pain. The way he head-butted the concrete floor, I wouldn’t have been surprised if he had a brain injury. It’s not uncommon.

“The road was desolate. I called the paramedics. Another cyclist went past towards Brighton stopped and ran back.

“The bit that really shocked me was not him getting run over, not the blood coming out of his ear, but people were shouting at us to get out the way so they could continue driving.”

Councillor on West Sussex County Council Janet Mockridge and officers met with residents at the site a couple of weeks ago.

Another meeting with officers has been scheduled to discuss different options and funding to improve the area.

Adur District Council councillor David Donaldson said: “From the traffic lights up to the bridge we consider it a dangerous area. There’s an awful lot of concern about that whole area. We think it does need alterations there to make it safer.”

Paul Docherty, 60, of Butts Road, Southwick, questioned why there was a need to split the single lanes into two at the junction.

He said: “They spent all that money redoing it but they didn’t improve anything. It’s a nightmare. All the time you hear people skidding.

“People speed along here as well. Usually they put speed cameras where there’s been fatalities but they haven’t done that. At night time you hear them roaring up and down this road.”

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