A CONCERNED Owlsmoor resident says that action must be taken to prevent a serious accident from occurring on a well-known major road.

Mike Cox, 59, has written to Bracknell Forest Council on numerous occasions over the last four years regarding the 60 miles per hour speed limit in Rackstraw Road.

Mr Cox believes that the north junction of Rackstraw Road and Owlsmoor Road poses a major threat to the safety of the Owlsmoor community.

"It's an extremely dangerous road because cars have to stop in the middle of the road to turn right," he said.

"On a 60 miles per hour road this means on-coming cars have to brake harshly to stop in time and it's a matter of time before a serious accident occurs.

"There are a number of children, including my own, who cross Rackstraw Road and I do not believe that the current speed limit does enough to protect them from vehicle hazards."

Official government statistics show that 21 road traffic incidents have occurred in Rackstraw Road over the last 10 years.

Of these incidents, four have been 'serious' collisions, while four 'slight' incidents have occurred at the junction of Rackstraw Road and Owlsmoor Road.

Cllr Chris Turrell, executive member for planning and transport, said: "Bracknell Forest Council takes the safety of its roads and the people using them very seriously and undertakes an annual road safety review to identify any potential problem areas.

"Road accident causes and trends are reviewed to identify where intervention is both proportionate and has a likelihood of making an impact.

"There are no current plans to change the speed limit, however, the Rackstraw Road/Owslmoor Road junction is likely to be improved due to demands resulting from the nearby development work at Broadmoor Hospital and the TRL site. The timescale for these works will be determined by progress made on these developments."