Road accidents rocket after roundabout upgrade

New reports show that road accidents have rocketed on a busy York roundabout, despite an expensive redesign.

The Hopgrove roundabout was re-opened in 2009 after a £9million makeover but the number of road accidents has soared from 1 crash every 11 weeks to one crash every 6 and a half weeks.

Last month the roundabout played host to a dramatic accident where a lorry overtuned, crushing another car.

Staggeringly both passengers of the car walked away unharmed.

A spokeswoman form the Highways Agency said that the new design has helped to “regulate flows of traffic through the site.”

However new statistics made available by local press only further prove the danger the updates have caused.

The statistics show that in the whole of 2007 and 2008, there were 9 road accidents at the roundabout and between September 2009 and December 2010 there have been 10 accidents.

Conservative leader in York Ian Gillies said: “The alterations to the junction have obviously not worked from a safety point of view and I doubt it has worked from a traffic flow point of view.”

“We need to have a look at it. The money is not available to build bridges or anything, but it needs an audit to examine what measures can make it safer.”