Concerned villagers from Manfield have called for more to be done to tackle speeding motorists using the road through their village as an unofficial diversion. After a landslip in 2013 closed the stretch of the A67 between Piercebridge and High Coniscliffe, speeding motorists have been using the road through Manfield as a diversion and have been responsible for a number of road traffic accidents in the quiet village.
Four accidents have occurred in the village since December and local resident Michelle Mitchell said many villagers felt their cries for help were being ignored. She commented, “At the moment it is just so busy, is it unbelievable. The traffic has been very heavy and there is a real safety issue with speed – they career down the road.” She also spoke of the dangers of ice and snow on the road, which is not considered a priority route by North Yorkshire County Council and so is not gritted. “If someone does have an accident we will feel partly responsible as it is our responsibility as villagers to keep our village safe.”
Darlington Borough Council has put in place an official diversion which does not pass through Manfield and a spokesperson for the council said they urged all motorists to stick to this official route.
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Source: The Northern Echo