Facebook campaign for safety measures along North Bank to close now barriers have been installed

Barriers being installed on the North Bank river road Whittlesey. Picture: Steve Williams. Barriers being installed on the North Bank river road Whittlesey. Picture: Steve Williams.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013
12:19 PM

A Facebook page set up to campaign for safety measures on a notorious dangerous riverside road has been closed after barriers were installed before Christmas.

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Barriers being installed on the North Bank river road Whittlesey. Picture: Steve Williams.Barriers being installed on the North Bank river road Whittlesey. Picture: Steve Williams.

The North Bank Road Let’s Make It Safer Facebook page was opened two months ago following the death of hairdressing student Hannah Yates who died when her car went into the river.

The page received 3,492 likes from supporters who called for barriers on the road.

Now the work is complete the group page administrator says the work is done and by the family’s request it is being shut down.

Hannah’s father Phil said on the Facebook page: “Work is completed. Thanks to one and all.”

A 250-metre safety barrier along the North Bank Road, which has seen two deaths and numerous close escapes since the beginning of last month, was installed on behalf of Peterborough City Council who funded the £50,000 project.

Hannah, 18, drowned when her car plunged into the River Nene on November 3.

On December 2, the body of Keith Pettitt, 50, of Corby, was pulled from the river after his Skoda was spotted partially submerged.

Three other vehicles also went into the River Nene at the same spot three weeks earlier in separate incidents and all eight occupants escaped.

Graham Chappell, Fenland Road Safety Campaign founder, said: “Our various fund-raising events will be proceeding as planned, as our work for the North Bank is not yet done, but a significant achievement has been secured.

“This has been thanks to the overwhelming strength of support given by all those who care about what has happened here and are keen to see that preventable river immersion accidents, and deaths, no longer occur on the North Bank’s notorious ‘blind bend’.”

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