Safety bid at ‘accident black spot’ on Nabbs Lane

A motorbike rider was injured following a collision with a car on Nabbs Lane in Hucknall, at around 10.40am on Sunday, November 22, 2015.
A motorbike rider was injured following a collision with a car on Nabbs Lane in Hucknall, at around 10.40am on Sunday, November 22, 2015.

Safety measures could be installed at an accident black spot in Hucknall where an 11-year-old boy was left fighting for his life after he was hit by two vehicles last year.

The incident last October was the second involving a child on Nabbs Lane within a month, with two more incidents involving off road motorbikes reported nearby during 2015.

Nottinghamshire County Council launched a review following a public outcry and their crash-site investigation team now say the best proposal is to install plateaux next to the recreation ground between Watnall Road and Salterford Road.

Coun Kevin Greaves, chairman of the County Council’s transport and highways committee, said: “The proposal is due to go before the Council’s transport and highways committee in March and, if approved, it is anticipated that the work will be carried out as part of a planned maintenance scheme during the next financial year (2016/17).

“Any scheme, however, will be subject to statutory consultation with residents and key stakeholders such as emergency service and bus operators and I would urge people to take part in that process.”

A public meeting back in 2002 saw previous attempts to calm Nabbs Lane halted.

Similar measures using raised plateaux have been installed on Common Lane, Hucknall.

Following the accident in October, Sherwood MP Mark Spencer held a community meeting at the Nabb Inn to discuss what could be done.

Welcoming the new proposal, he said: “I’m sure there will be a debate about whether it’s right or whether it’s enough and all of that but the positive thing is that we can get something that might save lives in the future.”

The move signals a U-turn by the authority which originally told the Dispatch in October 2015 that ‘due to the junction location and access to nearby shops it is difficult to propose a realistic solution that would be used by pedestrians and cyclists.’