Driver calls for ring road for Doncaster after spate of fatal collisions

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There have been 11 deaths in 11 weeks since the start of 2024 on the city’s roads – along with a number of other serious incidents where people have suffered life-changing injuries.

Now one driver is calling on City of Doncaster[2] Council to consider a ring road in a bid to take traffic out of the city’s suburbs.

The motorist, who has asked not to be named, said: “In light of the recent road collisions in the city, I think it would be prudent to discuss the issue of road safety, increasing population, house building and lack of appropriate road network.

A concerned driver has launched a campaign for a ring road for Doncaster after a series of fatal crashes in the city.A concerned driver has launched a campaign for a ring road for Doncaster after a series of fatal crashes in the city.
A concerned driver has launched a campaign for a ring road for Doncaster after a series of fatal crashes in the city.

“I’ve written to DMBC multiple times about the need to improve the road network and have just hit a brick wall.

“Does Doncaster need a ring road which would act as a bypass for local villages?

“There are thousands of houses being built but not a single new carriageway to cope with the increased traffic levels between suburbs and villages.

“I think it would only be a matter of time before more people are hurt or killed without the redesign of the road network.

“Armthorpe for example suffers from a huge volume of traffic which is increasing exponentially due to the housebuilding around the area.

“I drive to Armthorpe regularly and 50% of the traffic goes straight through from one side to the other.

“This doesn’t seem right. The same happens with Old Cantley. None of the roads on those routes are suitable; narrow, winding, shallow pavements, no cycle lanes – It’s a recipe for disaster.”

This is the tragic tale of the recent series of fatal and serious incidents on Doncaster’s roads.

January 2: A man dies after being hit by a lorry on an early morning smash on the M18[3] near to Doncaster. The pedestrian died close to junction two following the collision.

January 16: Motorcyclist Alex Anderson, 20, dies following a collision on High Levels Bank near Thorne.

January 16: Widespread delays after two lorries crash on the M18 near Doncaster.

January 18: A man in his 20s is left fighting for his life following a three vehicle collision in Carcroft.

January 19: A lorry collides with Doncaster city centre’s Frenchgate tunnel, causing rush hour chaos.

January 21: Olivia Maltby, 22, and Nathan Naughton, aged 26, are both tragically killed in a single-vehicle collision in Harworth.

January 21: A 77-year-old man dies following a collision with an Audi in Bawtry Road, Bessacarr

January 23: A 56-year-old motorcyclist suffers life threatening injuries in a crash with a police car in Hampole.

January 26: A man is arrested after a woman suffers serious injuries and is left in a critical condition following a crash between two vans in Hickleton.

January 31: A three vehicle collision closes St George’s Bridge, causing rush hour chaos. Fortunately, no one is seriously hurt.

February 1: A 75-year-old man dies following a collision in Mexborough, with a 23-year-old arrested at the scene.

February 3: A 28-year-old man dies after his car is in collision with a lorry on the West Moor Link road near to the M18 motorway.

February 4: A 43-year-old man dies in a collision with a taxi in Armthorpe Road.

February 7: 84-year-old Edward Walker is seriously injured in a collision with a car in Askern, dying in hospital three weeks later on February 27.

March 5: An elderly woman dies in a collision with a large goods vehicle on Trafford Way, Doncaster.

March 16: A 68-year-old woman dies in a collision in Cranfield Close, Armthorpe.

March 17: A BMW driver escapes serious injury after their car was impaled on a fence on Bawtry Road.


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