On Saturday 8th December, Michael Fabricant met local residents who face danger each day as they drive into and from the A38.
“It’s like having a house driveway which leads directly onto the M1 with no ramp!” says Michael.
“Every day residents have to drive onto the A38 in the face of traffic often travelling in excess of 80mph, then turn a full 90 degrees to the left and accelerate away. Travelling home, they have to slow right down as heavy trucks bear down on them and again make a sharp and slow turn to the left to get into their drives.
Michael Fabricant with Albert McWilliams (3rd from right) and neighbours
on the busy A38 outside their homes
“I decided to visit my constituent Albert McWilliams who had contacted me and see for myself the problems experienced by him and his neighbours. Aiming into his or his neighbours’ driveway is not easy. As I had to slow down from the legal limit, 70mph, to around 4mph to turn hard left into the driveway, I could see cars in my rear view mirror approaching me at over the speed limit.
“There have already been a number of accidents on this stretch of road and I shall be contacting the Highways Agency and the police to see how a major accident can be avoided.”
The stretch of road lies between the Catholme and Barton turn offs on the A38 on the north bound carriageway (from Lichfield towards Burton).