Speed limit is 'not to blame' for A38 crashes
A 70mph speed limit along the A38 is not to blame for a series of crashes.
That's the view of a Gloucestershire County Council investigation into the speed limit along the dual carriageway at the Kingsway junction.
The investigation was called for after the death of motorcyclist Martin Acock, 43, from Stroud, when he collided with a lorry back in October.
The cause of that accident will not be revealed until an inquest is heard.
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But angry parish councillors say it is one death too many and demanded an inquiry.
Councillor Anna Mozol, chairman, said: "I think it is telling that it has taken three fatalities until the county council would do something about it."
Fellow parish councillor Julian Powell said: "They should replace the lights with a roundabout."
Officers from the Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership, Gloucestershire Highways and police looked into the accidents that have occurred and visited the site last week.
They found that speed was not a factor in any of the incidents.
They say the 70mph limit is appropriate.
But they did admit they would make some changes, including amending the signal timings to help traffic flow more easily, changing the pedestrian phase across the side road to help people cross the road and possibly moving the sign indicating the right turn to Kingsway from the south.
The investigation was called for by county councillor Jackie Hall (C, Quedgeley).
She said: "While it seems clear that speed has not been a factor in the six previous accidents, I will still be pressing the Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership to keep an eye on this in future."
Investigator Andrew Parker Mowbray said: "Based on the collision data and the site visit, concerns that the speed of vehicles may have been a major factor in the reported collisions appear to be unfounded.
"However, we will continue to monitor this junction and pick up issues that arise."