Calls for better safety at Hanham site of tandem deaths of Ross and Clare Simons
By The Bristol Post | Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 08:00
AN MP has called for greater safety measures on a Hanham road where a married couple died after being thrown off their tandem.
Ross and Clare Simons
Chris Skidmore, who represents Kingswood, is working with residents in Lower Hanham Road and adjourning Hanham Road to petition South Gloucestershire Council for greater road safety measures along the roads.
Ross and Clare Simons, right, from Fishponds, died in Lower Hanham Road on Sunday, January 27 after their tandem bicycle was hit by a car.
After the death many residents spoke to The Post to say they had witnessed many other collisions on the sloping and winding road.
Mr Skidmore decided to launch the campaign after being approached by resident Michelle Wyatt.
He said: "This area has witnessed a number of accidents over the last few years, in particular the tragic fatal accident that took place last month.
"I know speaking to local residents that many local families and those who attend the nearby primary schools are very concerned.
"Together with local residents and the local councillors – John Goddard, Heather Goddard and June Bamford – as the local MP I am arranging for a petition to be handed in to the council, which will strongly urge them to take prompt action and investigate all possibilities of improving road safety on Lower Hanham Road and Hanham Road."
Letters are now being sent out to residents in the road and anyone who wishes to sign the petition is asked to email Mr Skidmore at chris.skidmore. email@example.com or call his office on 0117 908 1524.