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Cornish woman renews appeal over A30 u-turns

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Published by Emma Carton at 6:21am 10th August 2018. (Updated at 3:56pm 10th August 2018)

A Cornish woman whose grandparents were caught in a crash makes another appeal to stop u-turns on the A30.

Casey Wearne from Newlyn has been campaigning ever since the accident on the Hayle bypass last year.

At the time, she told Pirate FM the couple had to be pulled from their car after it caught fire.

She set up a petition for a central barrier and that has notched up more than 4,000 signatures.

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Casey Wearne from Newlyn is making fresh calls for action to stop u-turns on the A30 Hayle bypass after a spate of crashes

"They're just really, really lucky to be alive. We're blessed their alive.

"We just want to prevent this from happening again. We're not the first family and unfortunately, I don't think we're going to be the last unless something is done.

"It's just heart-breaking to hear. Obviously it hits home when it's your own family. You hear about it all the time, unfortunately, on that road but when it's you own family, it just really, really hit me.

"Now that things are settling down, I can't just sit here and not do anything so that's the reason I've stated the petition".

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Casey set up a petition, which has notched up over 4,000 signatures, after her grandparents were caught in a crash on the Hayle bypass

Speaking after a recent motorbike crash on the same stretch of road, Casey told Pirate FM she will not give up.

"I'm going to have keep fighting this until something's done to make that road safer. However long that takes I'll just keep going.

"I spoke to Highways England and they have just responded saying that unfortunately, there are no plans to do that because the road isn't wide enough and it's too costly.

"Are we really going to put a cost on people's lives is how I feel - and many others".

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Casey says she will not give up on her campaign for a central crash barrier, after a spate of collisions on the A30 Hayle bypass

Highways England brought in warning signs after a spate of collisions but Casey feels that is not enough.

"Since I've launched my petition, I always have people messaging me with photos of people doing u-turns on a daily basis on that road.

"It doesn't really happen a lot in the winter if I'm honest, just through the summer season.

"People not realising there's a roundabout at the end - they don't want to wait in the traffic so they unfortunately decide to do a u-turn which causes a lot of accidents".

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A recent motorbike crash on the A30 Hayle bypass has reignited the campaign for a central reservation barrier

The issue has flared up again after a recent motorbike crash, where a biker was reportedly thrown over the bonnet of a car.

The collision happened right next to Lewis Leah who was driving between jobs, who said it is lucky no-one was seriously injured.

"I was just on my way up to get materials for a job back at Newlyn and I was on the way to Redruth.

"As pretty much everyone knows, it's really dangerous and notorious for people doing u-turns there.

"I'd just got past where it goes back into one lane and someone did a u-turn right in front of me before the actual incident happened so I was already on the brakes thinking it was going to happen again.

"As I drove past, I saw the car turn to go in between myself and another car. It all happened right outside of my window. the biker didn't have any time to break and he flew over the handlebars, over the bonnet.

"Luckily, by the time I got out, the biker had got back up to his feet but it could've been so much worse".

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Locals say a biker went over the bonnet of a car after a recent crash on the A30 Hayle bypass and believe more action needs to be taken to stop u-turns

Highways England has ruled out putting in a central reservation barrier but say they have started a study of the bypass to see what further improvements should be made.

"Safety is our number one priority, and following liaison with Devon and Cornwall Police we have installed a number of signs advising drivers against U-turn manoeuvres on the A30 Hayle Bypass.

"We have started a safety study of the bypass, as part of a wider Bodmin to Penzance route study, and the findings of that report will help inform us of any further action required. It is likely that the results of this will provide small-scale improvements.

"The width of the existing road prevents the installation of a central reservation barrier and widening is not being considered at this time.

"The safety records of all Highways England roads, including the A30, are routinely analysed and proposals for safety improvements brought forward on the basis of highest priority".

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