Danger road needs improvements, motorists claim
CALLS are being made for a stretch of the A40 to become a dual carriageway following a death on the road.
A head-on collision near Windrush on Wednesday lunchtime killed a 49-year-old van driver from Longhope.
Regular commuters on the road from Cheltenham to Oxford have described the road as a "nightmare" that is getting worse.
One motorist said: "I commute to Cheltenham from Oxford everyday on this road and it is a nightmare and is getting worse.
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"Not just because of people's decisions to overtake at the wrong time but the amount of restricted trucks amongst an increasing by the day amount of cars, that are using this road.
"It needs to be duel carriageway all the way to cope with the demand. This would provide a quicker route to Oxford and London and flow of traffic would be much better."
The reader of ThisIsGloucestershire said there was no train-link to Oxford, nor a frequent bus service, so improvement to the road was the only option.
The A40 stretch from Northleach to the Gloucestershire border had seen just one fatality from 2007 until this week's collision.
There had also been two serious crashes in 2008 along with 15 slight accidents from 2007 until half way through 2012.
A spokesman for Gloucestershire County Council said: "The Road Safety Partnership manages all collision data collected by the police to assess where safety measures are needed and carry out action where necessary.
"We're very sorry to hear about this tragic collision and our sympathies are with all of those involved. The police are in the process of carrying out a thorough investigation to determine what happened."
One motorist described the stretch from Northleach to Burford as an "absolutely shocking piece of road".
Another added: "This is a lethal stretch of road.
"There are several dips that you don't realise are there so overtaking is a nightmare.
"I am always on tenterhooks when driving along here."
The latest fatality saw a collision between a heavy goods vehicle, travelling towards Cheltenham, and a blue Peugeot van that was driving towards Burford.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene, while the lorry driver suffered minor injuries.
Anyone who witnessed the collision, that have not spoken to Gloucestershire police should contact them on 101, quoting incident number 159 of September 19.