21 AUG 2017

Daniel Squire's parents back my calls to make A258 safer

The parents of tragically killed cyclist Daniel Squire are backing my calls to make the A258 safer.

Daniel Squire was 18 years old when his bike was struck from behind by a van near Ringwould on the Dover to Deal road in 2013.

A total of 228 crashes have taken place on that stretch since 2003, including more than 100 between 2010 and 2016.

Locals know the single carriageway for being busy throughout the day and heavily congested at peak times.

I wants the authorities to look at building a new road to connect Dover and Deal – to ease pressure, reduce journey times and improve safety.

Daniel Squire's parents, Tracy and Symon, agree. Tracy said: "Daniel was killed because of careless driving. But also because there are too many vehicles driving too fast on a road that is not wide enough.

"Daniel was loved by everyone who knew him, and we will never get over what happened.

"But if motorists become more aware of cyclists, if we manage to be part of making a major road in the area safer, his death will not be for nothing."

Symon added: "We were extremely close, working together at London Fancy Box in Dover and training together as members of Deal Tri.

"The road is a nightmare for cyclists, but there aren't a lot of alternative routes. We really need to try to make it safer in some way."

I have long called for safety improvements on the A258. I would like to see a new road built elsewhere, providing a faster route between Dover and Deal and relieving pressure on the existing road.

Everyone knows the A258 is too busy and too dangerous. It has been that way for years. The road is not fit to handle such high levels of traffic. The route must be made safer.

That's why we need to seriously consider building a new road to connect Dover and Deal. We need to see action on this, before any more serious incidents.

1 comment

This is a great idea and long overdue. Let's hope that this doesn't become political and that all sides of the political divide support this campaign
- Alasdair

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