SIGNS at the crossroads near Bidford-on-Avon where a teenager was killed just before Christmas will be improved by the end of March, the county council confirmed yesterday (Monday).
Charles Bateman, aged 17 from Solihull, was killed in a crash on the Welford to Honeybourne road at its junction with Welford Road and Cleeve Road.
His parents, who attended his funeral last Friday, started a campaign to improve the signposting and safety at the crossroads.
His mum, Teresa Bateman told the Herald that when she visited the site “there were several locals that spoke to us and told us about the crossroads.” .
Her husband, Terry, added: “We have been absolutely amazed at the amount of people that have spoken to us, have come to our house, who live locally in Bidford, and have said these crossroads have been a blackspot and a fatality spot for many years and nothing has ever been done.
He added: “That crossroads is dangerous and I want my son’s death to enhance what needs to be done at that crossroads.”
The campaign was joined by a Stratford father who was involved in two serious crashes at the same junction. Emerson Welch, who had to be cut free from the wreckage of his car in 1998, described it as a horrible junction. “Blatantly something needs to be done and should have been done 20 years ago,” he said.
A Warwickshire County Council spoksperson made the point that there has only been one recorded accident in the previous five years at the junction and that the council’s funds had to be targeted at hotspot areas with at least six or more accidents in the same period”
However, the council has now committed to making some changes at the junction by the end of March following the fatal accident .
“We do have plans to enhance the signs, improving their visibility on the approach to the junction,” the spokesperson said.
Charles, a former Stratford Preparatory School pupil, was driving a Ford Fiesta when it was involved in a crash with a 4x4 Land Rover Freelander at 7pm on Saturday 22nd December.
Mrs Bateman told the Herald that her son was only on that road because floods on the road forced him to turn around after he had taken a friend back home.
“He was the most angelic child and would help anybody,” she said.
Charles’s funeral was held at St Mary Magdelene Church in Tanworth-in-Arden.
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