I’m reporting a UK / Reading accident black spot. Just this minute I don’t actually know how to report a accident black spot here in Reading. I would like to though! One reason is that I don’t want to risk being labeled a ‘trouble / prank’ caller by some number crunching statistician because I called the emergency services again! Yet another accident outside my window on the mini-roundabout junction of the Tilehurst Road and Western Elms Avenue here in Reading confirms it’s an accident blackspot. So OK, this time for a change it wasn’t actually on the roundabout itself, but about a whole 7 meters away. Close enough I think!
Most accidents happen on the mini roundabout itself between cars / bikes turning right out of Western Elms Avenue onto the Tilehurst Road. I’ve called in a couple. I once watched as one young driver / possible victim on the Tilehurst road had swerved left to avoid a car turning right out of Western Elms Avenue, mounted the pavement and hit the wall to the left in the picture below. The passenger got out mad and screaming at the other driver. The driver got out, took 2 little steps and then lay down on the pavement. That’s when I picked up the phone and dialed ‘999’.
This is me declaring a accident black spot here in Reading at the mini roundabout junction of Western Elms Avenue and the Tilehurst Road. I’ve not witnessed a serious accident yet, or maybe I did but didn’t realise it was that serious. Quite simply, this junction needs some ‘accident black spot’ signs and especially a ‘slow down’ warning on the Tilehurst Road, coming from Tilehurst. That’s the road from the right….
for now I’ve just emailed the community editor of our local paper, the Evening Post, (which I used to deliver as a kid in the 80’s) at the Get Reading website.