Coroner orders grid roads safety report

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A report into the safety of grid roads has been ordered by Coroner Tom Osbourne following an inquest into the death of city arts patron Edna Read.

Mrs Read, 86, died after her car was involved in a collision with a taxi on the H9 Groveway at the junction of Old Groveway Simpson, on October 25, last year.

The verdict following last Tuesday’s inquest was accidental death.

But the coroner has ordered a Rule 43 report be carried out on the safety of city junctions and carriageways.

A Milton Keynes Council spokesman, said: “We were extremely sorry to hear about the death of Edna Read, a very well-known figure in Milton Keynes, and we extend our sympathies to her family and friends.

“We are still awaiting the Rule 43 letter from Coroner Tom Osborne, but we will, of course, consider his comments very carefully, and respond in due course.

“That said, these central reservation crossover points do an important job in keeping the traffic flowing across Milton Keynes, and the vast majority of drivers negotiate them without any problems. This particular junction previously had a good safety record, with just one reported minor injury accident in the last three years.

“We do take road safety very seriously. We regularly monitor the whole highway network across the borough and liaise regularly with our colleagues at Thames Valley Police, where concerns about any potential problem areas have been raised.”

Mrs Read, who lived at Tinkers Bridge, helped to shape the future of public art in Milton Keynes, working extensively with English Partnership, the Parks Trust and many other organisations in improving the display and design of artwork around the city.