A CATASTROPHIC catalogue of accidents on a notorious trans-Pennine blackspot road will be revealed at a special meeting tonight.
The damning report by a team of consultants is based on a five-year study of a four-and-a-half mile section of the A62 from Scouthead, near Delph, to Standedge.
It shows the road has the highest ratio of people killed or seriously injured in accidents – 30% – compared to Oldham’s 9.8% average.
The report was prepared by WSP Development and Transportation.
The firm was commissioned to carry out an accident investigation and prevention study.
It recommends a speed clampdown, a number of measures to improve traffic warnings and new safety measures for travellers, long-suffering residents and businesses.
The report covers safety improvements from Doctor Lane at Scouthead to the Oldham district boundary with Kirklees beyond the Horse and Jockey pub at Standedge.
It identifies ‘cluster sites,’ assessing personal injury on the road.
These are at the Doctor Lane/Platting Road junction, Scouthead; the Oldham Road/Wall Hill Road junction; the road near Knarr Mills, Oldham; and Huddersfield Road.
The report also deals with the A670 Standedge Road near Diggle.
Three young men from Huddersfield died in a horror crash on the A62 in March last year.
Paul McKenzie, 22, of Marsh, Ross Neill, from Slaithwaite, and Carl Rawlinson, of Sheepridge, died when their car was in collision with a bus at Scouthead.
It was just one of dozens of accidents which have claimed the lives of 14 people in the past four years.
And those accidents have prompted residents to campaign for safety measures.
The consultants’ proposals will be on show at Saddleworth Community Council’s meeting at 6pm in Diggle Band Club tonight, with a view to launching the measures in the first half of next year.
Oldham councillor Derek Heffer-nan, an ardent campaigner for A62 safety, said: “I am pleased that the major problem has at last been recognised.
“Councillors have been asking for problems to be addressed for a long time, especially the use of vehicle- activated signs.
“While you cannot legislate for idiot drivers these signs seem to work well, warning the unsuspecting driver that this fairly wide and apparently clear road is a death trap of severe bends and unseen exits.
“Hopefully, the proposed actions will reduce the problem and lead to a measurable drop in these sad statistics.”