A PETITION calling for action to prevent more crashes on a "hazardous" road has been launched.

Petition founder Stephen Katchi says that an increase in the amount of traffic using Sully Road and surrounding lanes due to the building of more houses in the area has also caused an increase in the amount of incidents especially during peak times in the mornings and the evenings.

South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies has backed the petition, saying that he recently visited the site after being contacted by residents who had voiced concerns.

Mr Katchi, whose children go to St Joseph's RC Primary School says that he fears for the safety of children who attend the nearby schools including St Joseph's and Ysgol Pen y Garth as well as Ysgol y Deri and St Cyres.

Last Friday (February 10) a car flipped onto its roof after an accident on one of the lanes.

In January car ended up in a ditch near the Penarth Learning Community following a crash.

Mr Katchi has started a petition to try and reduce the speed limit on the road and introduce traffic calming measures including signs.

He said he was particularly keen on this being implemented before the new houses are completed next to St Joseph's RC School and Cog Road when it anticipated that traffic will increase again.

The petition has been signed by more than 300 people since it was launched on Friday (February 10).

"It is a very narrow and twisty lane with lots of bends and blind spots so you can't see oncoming traffic until it's too late," said Mr Katchi.

"As more houses are being built along the road the accidents are going to happen more often.

"I would like to make those travelling to Cardiff more aware of the danger.

"I do not want to hear of a death of one of these innocent children."

South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies said: "The recent spate of accidents on Sully Road is a serious concern for the local community and with traffic only set to increase it is vital the Vale of Glamorgan Council takes urgent action to improve the safety of the road.

"It is not just one incident and it is clear that the road is becoming an accident hotspot.

"We've been inundated with comments from people in the area and we have contacted the Vale of Glamorgan Council and South Wales Police to pass on these concerns and to encourage them to explore all available avenues to increase awareness and improve road safety.

"At present there are clearly some significant issues and it is in everyone's interests to act swiftly to ensure no one ends up being seriously hurt."

Cllr Peter King, cabinet member for building services, highways and transportation, said there is no significant recent history of traffic incidents along Sully Road.

"The most up-to-date data, which covers a three-year period from late 2012 to late 2015, reveals there was one serious and three slight collisions on the 3km-stretch of Sully Road from St Joseph’s School to Lavernock Road.

"In the case of the serious collision, driver impairment due to alcohol was found to be the overriding factor, with no contributing highway failing.

"Of the three slight collisions, one of those was also due to alcohol impairment, one occurred after ladders fell off a roof rack and another was down to driver error, specifically travelling to fast in wet conditions.

"A police report into the recent incident in the area revealed black ice on a shaded area of road to be a contributing factor.

"Whilst the Council undertakes salting to reduce the risk of ice formation during winter months, drivers should be aware that such a hazard can still occur and drivers should take extra care when negotiating roads during low temperatures.

"While the national speed limit applies to sections of Sully Road, that is the absolute maximum a vehicle should be travelling at.

"It is not safe to reach that speed in all conditions.

"Drivers are expected to pay due care and attention to conditions and drive appropriately," he said.

He went on to say that the council has taken steps to improve the road surface along and around Sully Road.

"In 2014 there was a total resurfacing of Sully Road, while a number of potholes were also repaired.

"Roadside ditches along Sully Road, dug to aid drainage, were inspected and any necessary maintenance work carried out last month.

"In addition, when road salting is required, gritter drivers are given discretion to increase salt spread along Sully Road as it is an area recognised as at risk of icing.

"Officers will now investigate whether any fresh potholes in need of repair are present."

The petition can be viewed at www.change.org/p/vale-of-glamorgan-council-make-sully-road-lane-safer-prevent-more-accidents.