New roundabout comes under fire after spate of crashes

General view of a roundabout sign, London.

A new roundabout has been slammed as probably the worst in the UK after reportedly notching up 10 crashes within 48 hours of opening.

The roundabout – which is on a stretch of the A516 dual carriageway in Mickleover, Derbyshire - has poor lighting and a lack of adequate signs, which are being blamed for the crashes.

Vehicles driving on the 70mph road have ploughed straight over the roundabout – a flat, grassed area – with cars being abandoned, road signs flattened and debris scattered all over the place.

Resident Peter Hall told the Derby Telegraph: "These accidents are not driver error but the result of a poorly designed, unlit roundabout on a 70mph dual carriageway.

"By my reckoning at least 10 vehicles have had accidents within less than 48 hours of this new junction opening - so it is probably the most dangerous roundabout in the country."

The roundabout was built by Barratt Homes as part of an adjoining development. Residents have reported that street lighting stops a few hundred metres either side of the roundabout, leaving it in darkness at night.

A spokeswoman for Derbyshire County Council said: "It is difficult to comment on the reasons why these incidents have happened without knowing the full circumstances but they will be investigated with a matter of urgency."

A spokeswoman for Barratt Homes said it had "nothing further to add" at this stage.

By Ted Welford

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