HAMPSHIRE civic chiefs are to investigate safety following a crash on a road with a poor record.

Concerns have been raised following the collision between a motorcycle and a Skoda Fabia on Morestead Hill near Twyford at 10.20am on Tuesday August 15.

A local safety campaigner was critical of alleged poor visibility and the absence of visible safety signs.

Gerry Tull, a former Owslebury parish councillor, said: "I have constantly warned of obscured road signs/junctions in the area. No one does anything."

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He said he was travelling on that road recently and could see no signs even though he was in a tractor and going at 20mph.

"I rate this as risk level A1 high risk (of road accident/injury/death at approaching hazards).

"This may not be related to this incident, but travelling local roads obscured missing signs/obscured junctions and entrances on major and minor roads are the norm."

The incident happened close to the junction with Hazeley Road.

Cllr Nick Adams-King, Hampshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Universal Service, said: “I’m sorry to hear of this incident and hope that the motorcyclist involved in this collision recovers quickly. Safety comes first, and we prioritise our resources where there is evidence that installing measures will bring about improvements, taking into consideration numbers of pedestrians, traffic volumes and suitability of sites.

“We regularly analyse accident data to determine what interventions could be introduced to reduce the number of people injured on our roads. We will be asking the Police for details of this incident and, together, with a study of the injury accident record for this area, will consider if any interventions could be put in place that would reduce casualties and improve road safety.

“The County Council has an annual programme of grass and hedge cutting that it carries out in the spring and autumn, together with vegetation that impacts visibility at junctions, roundabouts and bends - that is cut whenever necessary. However, not all rural vegetation is on the public highway and can often be on third party land. Where potential safety issues are identified we contact the landowners and request that works be undertaken to cut back any growth overhanging the highway; at this time of year vegetation growth is at its peak and we respond to large volumes of enquiries regarding overhanging vegetation, raising jobs or issuing notices to landowners where necessary.”