CIVIC chiefs have rejected calls to make safety improvements at a busy Hampshire junction where an ambulance crashed into a shop.

Two paramedics were taken to hospital with serious injuries after their vehicle careered into the front of a cycle store in the centre of Brockenhurst.

The ambulance is understood to have been responding to an emergency call when it was in collision with a Suzuki Ignis.

The force of the impact resulted in the 999 vehicle crashing into Boost Bike Hub, shattering a window and damaging part of the brickwork.

Boost Bike Hub is next to the spot where three roads meet - Brookley Road, Lymington Road and the exit from the railway station car park.

Speaking at the time the shop's owner, Ross Kempson, said: “It's a pretty dangerous junction - there are too many cars coming from different directions.

“If the building had been hit head on the ambulance could have gone through the window."

Mr Kempson urged the Hampshire County Council to carry out a safety audit at the junction and take action to reduce the risk of life-threatening accidents in the future.

“Lots of (Brockenhurst College) students walk across the junction after getting off the train. The building can absorb impact but pedestrians can’t," he said.

A county council spokesman added: "We will be asking the police for details of this incident and, together with a study of the injury accident record for this route, will consider if any interventions could be put in place to improve road safety.”

But the Daily Echo can reveal that the authority has decided not to make any alterations to the junction.

Cllr Rob Humby, executive member for economy, transport and environment, said: “Following a review of this incident there are no plans to put in place any additional safety measures, but we will keep the junction under review.”

But Brockenhurst councillor Maureen Holding said action was needed.

"You've got traffic trying to get out of Brookley Road, vehicles trying to get out of the station and fast cars on the main road through the village," said Cllr Holding.

"We need experts to examine the junction and come up with possible solutions. Then we could see which one would be best."

The accident involving the ambulance occurred on November 28 last year.

South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) said two paramedics sustained serious but not life-threatening injuries. The car driver was less seriously hurt.