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Parents of tragic cyclist Daniel Squire demand A258 between Dover and Deal made safer

PUBLISHED: 16:04 21 August 2017

Charlie Elphicke joins Symon and Tracy Squire by their son Daniel's memorial

Charlie Elphicke joins Symon and Tracy Squire by their son Daniel's memorial

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The campaign is being backed by MP Charlie Elphicke after the 18-year-old was killed in 2013

The parents of a teenager, who was killed when his bike was struck from behind by a van between Dover and Deal, are demanding action is taken to make the road safer.

Daniel Squire, a keen tri-athlete, was just 18 when he died in a smash near Ringwould on the A258 back in 2013.

A total of 228 crashes have taken place on that stretch since 2003, including more than 100 between 2010 and 2016.

Locals know the single carriageway for being busy throughout the day and heavily congested at peak times.

Mr Squire’s parents, Tracy and Symon, have campaigned for work to be done and have been backed by the MP, Charlie Elphicke, who wants the authorities to look at building a new road to connect Dover and Deal – to ease pressure, reduce journey times and improve safety.

Mrs Squire said: “Daniel was killed because of careless driving. But also because there are too many vehicles driving too fast on a road that is not wide enough.

“Daniel was loved by everyone who knew him, and we will never get over what happened.

“But if motorists become more aware of cyclists, if we manage to be part of making a major road in the area safer, his death will not be for nothing.”

His father added: “We were extremely close, working together at London Fancy Box in Dover and training together as members of Deal Tri.

“The road is a nightmare for cyclists, but there aren’t a lot of alternative routes. We really need to try to make it safer in some way.”

Mr Elphicke said: “Everyone knows the A258 is too busy and too dangerous. It has been that way for years.

“The road is not fit to handle such high levels of traffic. The route must be made safer.

“That’s why we need to seriously consider building a new road to connect Dover and Deal.

“We need to see action on this, before any more serious incidents.”

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