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Kelham roundabout revealed to be one of Britain's worst




The Department for Transport revealed the cattle market roundabout at Newark to be one of the most dangerous in Britain.

The data was based on the number of accidents and casualties between July 2017 and July 2018, and the cattle market roundabout placed 18th with ten accidents.

The road junction, near Kelham Road, was the second highest in the county, behind Nottingham’s Western Boulevard roundabout, which had 11 accidents over the 12 months.

Kelham roundabout, 18th most dangerous roundabout in the county. 280819DD3-3. (15855943)
Kelham roundabout, 18th most dangerous roundabout in the county. 280819DD3-3. (15855943)

London’s Redbridge roundabout topped the list with 18 accidents.

The majority of the list was made up by roundabouts within city centres.

The records were filtered so that only accidents taking place near roundabouts were shown. Any records without a map reference were excluded.

Kelham roundabout, 18th most dangerous roundabout in the county. 280819DD3-8. (15855948)
Kelham roundabout, 18th most dangerous roundabout in the county. 280819DD3-8. (15855948)

The accidents were then sectioned into areas, so that crashes on different sides of a roundabout were grouped together.

Work to carry out essential safety and maintenance work on the roundabout has since taken place.

The £3m scheme improved the cattle market, Brownhills and Friendly Farmer roundabouts.

Advertiser reader Lesley Ward, commenting on Facebook, suggested traffic lights as a solution, while Andrew Shaw said signage should be put in place.

Kelham roundabout, 18th most dangerous roundabout in the county 280819DD3-6. (15855946)
Kelham roundabout, 18th most dangerous roundabout in the county 280819DD3-6. (15855946)

Opinions were split by road users as some said the new layout has made the roundabout more complicated.

Lee Yeomans said: “Why did someone think it was a good idea to change lanes on the roundabout itself.

“I use the roundabout twice a day and the amount of near misses I see is unbelievable because of people not knowing which lane to be in.”

Lee Workman said: “It is not dangerous at all.

“It is like the one at Farndon. Use them the right way and accidents won’t happen.”

Despite the statistic highlighting the danger of the cattle market, most road-users formed the opinion that the Brownhills roundabout was more dangerous.

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