County Road Safety manager, Mrs Pam Shaw’s report states that almost a fifth of all road casualties in Nottinghamshire occur in the Newark and Sherwood area and most of the fatalities are on the districts ‘A’ roads. The A1/A46/A17 junction is ranked in the top 10% nationally for casualties.
Along the proposed lorry route (A17) the junction with Drove Lane near Coddington has had a cluster of accidents with 4 fatalities involving HGV’s 19th December 2008, 23 December 2008, 28th March 2011, 3rd January 2013. It is a staggered crossroad with no physical protection for vehicles or cyclists turning or crossing the junction, it is also unlit.
In 2000 there was an accident involving 2 young boys with cycles and a HGV, the boys were trying to cross the junction into Drove Lane, one was fatally injured.
During events at the Newark Showground this junction is deemed so hazardous that a Traffic Management Company has to be employed to control the junction with traffic lights and traffic is diverted between the 2 roundabouts, Stapleford Lane and Currys/Knowhow roundabout.