‘Stupid’ drivers make A285 Petworth to Chichester road dangerous

Tim Kearsey by the A285.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C141032-1 SUS-141118-161859001
Tim Kearsey by the A285.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C141032-1 SUS-141118-161859001

THE A285 been dubbed Britain’s most dangerous road, but its appalling accident record is caused by the ‘stupidity’ of drivers, an angry resident claims.

In a report, the A285 between Petworth and Chichester was named the most dangerous road in Britain. But Tim Kearsey, who has lived on it for 30 years, says the road itself is not dangerous, blaming the ‘stupid’ drivers using it.

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C131410-3 Mid Dangerous Road phot kate''A narrow twisting bend at Upwaltham..Picture by Kate Shemilt.C131410-3 ENGSUS00120131110165308

Mr Kearsey, who owns Upwaltham Barns, said: “I am concerned – nobody wants to be living on ‘the most dangerous road in Britain’.

“The majority of crashes are caused by stupidity.

“The council put down smooth tarmac, so people are encouraged to go faster – but highways won’t admit that. It just flies in the face of commonsense.

“It looks like a race track.

“I don’t want to ruin anybody’s fun, but people are doing motorway speeds. The speed limit should be nearer to 40.”

Mr Kearsey suggested residents try to work with the county council and the South Downs National Park (SDNPA) to appeal to drivers’ ‘better nature’.

He said: “Lord March and a few of us could get together and appeal to drivers to be more careful. It would be nice for the SDNPA to appeal to people’s better nature, to slow down and enjoy the park.

“A police presence could work, but they shouldn’t book 20 people going to the Goodwood breakfast club, they need to be there at 2am. The biggest shame is the 
sheer number of animals that get killed.

“We wouldn’t need a badger cull here because members of the public do it for us.

“The council also cut the grass verges which encourages more animals down to the side of the road, meaning there are more accidents.

“Our family has lived here for 30 years and we have never hit an animal, so those who do must be incredibly stupid.

“You cannot alter the structure of the countryside, or stop animals roaming, but you can ask cars to slow down.

“If everybody put their windows down and enjoyed the scenery, they could look at deer rather than run them over.”