Danger road is not under investigation

The A421 at Emerson Valley
The A421 at Emerson Valley

POLICE have dismissed claims that a stretch of the A421 is dangerous despite 36 accidents happening on it in the last three years.

The A421 between Furzton, Emerson Valley and Tattenhoe is one of Milton Keynes’ busiest roads and has been the scene of several complaints from residents to Milton Keynes Council.

Councillor Jenni Ferrans, of Furzton ward, raised the question to the Police Authority at last night’s Milton Keynes Council meeting urging them to take up speed checks along the stretch.

She said: “Following more serious accidents last winter, Furzton and Shenley Lodge Neighbourhood Action Group asked for Milton Keynes Joint Agency Tasking and Co-Ordinating Group to arrange speed checks leading to prosecutions alongside the A421.

“Excessive speeding has shown up on every monitoring exercise in recent years.

“When will the police take action to presecute speed offenders along that dangerous stretch of road?”

The Police Authority said that while there were 36 accidents recorded in the last three years, none of them were caused by speeding motorists.

Their response read: “No complaints have been received by the Traffic Management Unit regarding speed in this area.

“Thames Valley Police have issued over 200,000 tickets last year. However, there does not appear to be evidence to suggest that speeding is a particular problem at this location.

“Of the three serious collisions, although speed could have played a part, the major causation factor in each case was driver error.

“There have been no fatalities on this stretch of road in the past three years.”

Milton Keynes Council has a policy to look at collision sites that have seven recorded accidents in three years, though no area on this road triggers the policy.

However, there have been six collisions on Trafangar Avenue and West Bletchley Council is being consulted regarding options.