Call to improve junction after ex-GP's horror bicycle crash

By Twm Owen in Local People

CALLS have been made for improvements to a junction where a retired GP was knocked off his bicycle - suffering 17 fractures.

Dr Roger Harriss, who is 80 this week, has been in hospital since January 4 when he was in a collision with a car on the junction of Golf Links Road and the A483 on the outskirts of Builth Wells.

Dr Harriss, who lives nearby, had previously written to officials calling for a reduction in the speed limit on the trunk road.

Cilmeri Community Council and local county councillor David Price are leading a campaign to improve road safety at the junction.

Cllr Price said they have been told the issue could be looked at in the next financial year but in the meantime are calling for the 40 mile per hour limit to be reduced to 30.

Dr Harriss’ wife Jenny said her husband had been cycling to a field where he keeps hens when the accident happened.

"He had 17 fractures," said Mrs Harriss: "His ribs, shoulders, internal bleeding, he’s fractured his foot, we counted them up. It just missed his head, it’s diabolical. He’s walking now after three months."

Mrs Harriss her husband regularly cycles the route where the collision happened.

"It was one of those dull days but it certainly wasn’t dark at 4pm. He was going up the road as he’s done hundreds and hundreds of times to shut his hens up.

"It’s difficult to cross the junction and you have to have your senses about you because of the speed of the vehicles.

"He is always going up to the field on his bike and cycles on the pavement but he can’t remember anything about the accident.

"He has written in many times about the road and to try and get the speed limit changed from 40mph to 30."

Cllr David Price said Brecon and Radnorshire AM Kirsty Williams is supporting the campaign and has tried to arrange a meeting at the junction with officials from the trunk road agency.

"The cabinet secretary for economy and infrastructure, Ken Skates AM, responded to Kirsty Williams recently to state how difficult it would be to make improvements due to physical restraints of the site, but he will ask his officials to look at this matter in the next financial year.

"However, we wish to see a reduction in the speed limit from 40mph to 30mph on the trunk road at this junction, as an immediate improvement, ahead of any major road improvement that we will continue to press for."

Cllr Price said he believed knocking down a wall at the the junction would improve visibility.

"If there is a will there to get this right I’m sure we can do something."

Chairman of Cilmeri Community Council Cllr Paul Davies said he is concerned at speed on the road and the layout of the junction.

He said: "10 weeks ago Dr Harriss, while cycling near this junction, was involved in a serious accident. He remains in hospital recovering from multiple fractures."