Speed camera call for stretch of A52 where two people died in crash
Campaigners are calling for cameras to be installed at the scene of a crash which killed two people.
A petition has been launched in a bid to bring safety measures to the A52 in Bramcote – where Wollaton residents Gurdip Singh Kareer, 41, and Kyle O’Connor, 22, died after a collision involving two cars and a lorry at around 7pm on Friday, November 25.
The crash on the A52 Derby Road was so serious the road was closed in both directions between Bardills Island and Priory Island until the following evening.
Retired Bramcote resident Tony Smith, 58, says speeding is a long-running concern on the stretch and has now set up a petition which has been backed by Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry.
Mr Smith said: “This is something which has concerned a lot of residents along there for a while.
“It’s difficult to say how many signatures we’ve collected so far but the uptake is very good so far, very much so – noone’s got a problem signing it.
“When we have a mobile speed camera there people slow down, but we need something permanent there 24 hours a day.”
Lending her support, the Conservative MP said: “A number of residents have contacted me to say they have complained for some time about speeding on the A52.
“I don’t hesitate in giving Tony and Bramcote’s councillors my full support.
“The A52 is managed by the Highways England – I have already written to them; I have also contacted the local police Inspector Steve Wragg and he confirms the police also support permanent speed cameras.”
Broxtowe police commander Inspector Steve Wragg said: “With a daily volume of traffic around the 41,000 vehicles per day, the A52 is a high volume strategic trunk road linking two major cities that goes through residential areas so I understand the community concern of speeding vehicles.
“To date in 2016 we have processed 1,185 offending drivers and for the full calendar year of 2015 the total was 1,339. We will continue to enforce traffic violations at the location.
“The long term objective must be for Highways England to consider installing speed technology equipment to offer enforcement over a 24/7 long term basis.”
Last Friday, emotional tributes were paid to the pair by relatives. The family of Parkside Gardens resident Gurdip – known to family and friends as Johnnie – said the father-of-three was a family man who would never be forgotten.
They said: “Johnnie was one in infinity. He was a loving, caring family man that always put his wife and three children Kaiden, nine, Argent, four, and Tiana, 11 months, first before anything else.
“He doted on his family and everything he did was for his family. He was a loving brother, a caring son, and will be very sadly missed forever – but never forgotten.
“He died young – he was only 41 – and had his whole life ahead of him but he lived for the moment, which is always the way he will be remembered.”
The family of Kyle, from Wollaton Vale, described him as a loving and adventurous man. They said: “Kyle was a loved brother, son, grandson, nephew and best friend. Kyle loved everything and everyone around him, behind his fearlessness, strength, sense of fun and adventure, which we will hold in our hearts forever.
“As a family we would like to thank everyone who has shown love and support for both Kyle and Johnnie. We love you both.”
A 22-year-old man and a 24-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving in connection the crash, and have since been released on police bail pending further enquiries.
Nottinghamshire Police are appealing to anyone may have seen anything or have any information that could help to contact 101, quoting incident 797 of 25 November.
A particular appeal for anyone with dash cams who was travelling in the area at the time has also been made.