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Tragic Estelle’s grandad pleads for road safety

Ben and Albert Marsh with the petition with over 650 names over the dangers of the road bridge at Hapton.

Ben and Albert Marsh with the petition with over 650 names over the dangers of the road bridge at Hapton.

A grieving grandfather has spoken for the first time of his campaign to make a notorious Hapton bridge safer.

The calls from Albert Marsh (60) come after his beautiful and bubbly granddaugter Estelle Thompson was killed in a crash in Manchester Road last month.

Mr Marsh launched a petition following the former Unity College student’s death, and has so far gained around 500 signatures.

He is appealing for warning signs and speed restrictions, including traffic lights and speed cameras, to be put before and after the bridge.

Mr Marsh said: “This is not just for my bereavement - it is to save lives and accidents.

“It is something that needs seriously thinking about.

“There should be at least a speed camera or lights on both sides of it, and there should be more signs to warn that it is a dangerous bridge, and that it should be 20mph over the bridge.”

Mr Marsh is now inviting anybody who wants to sign his petition to visit http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/67849

He added: “At present the petition has nearly 500 signatures, but I have a lot more to come in.

“We didn’t expect the response we have had - people have amazed me.”

To help with Mr Marsh’s campaign, Estelle’s brother Ben has written in a statement: “The reason for wanting some action against the bridge on Manchester Road, Hapton, is that there has been too many accidents caused by speeding and no precautions being taken driving over the bridge.

“For years now we told numerous people how dangerous the bridge can be if precautions are not taken.”

 

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