Mother whose son died 15 years ago at a dangerous junction on the A47 in Walsoken welcomes plans to turn it into a roundabout

PUBLISHED: 17:38 28 November 2017 | UPDATED: 17:43 28 November 2017

Adam Wall died at the A47 and Walsoken. Broad End Junction.

Adam Wall died at the A47 and Walsoken. Broad End Junction.

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A mother whose son died in a crash at a dangerous junction on the outskirts of Wisbech 15 years ago has welcomed plans to turn the staggered crossing into a roundabout by 2021.

Candle-lit vigil for road crash victims on Wisbech market place. Bridget Wall. Candle-lit vigil for road crash victims on Wisbech market place. Bridget Wall.

Bridget Wall’s 24 year old son Adam was killed at the A47 junction at Walsoken in November 2002.

She said there was an ‘urgent need’ to turn the crossing into a roundabout.

“It is agreed that the Broadend Road staggered junction is not fit for purpose at present,”she said.

“But with the development at the Broadend West side of 1,550 new dwellings, a new primary school, local centre, the proposed new roundabout is an absolute safety necessity,” she said.

Adam Wall. Adam Wall.

“The proposed new roundabout (option 3b), the unconventional oval roundabout design, is a brilliant design and has covered all areas including making it easier for HGV vehicles to negotiate the roundabout.”

The plans are on a list of road improvement schemes which were developed using £1 million of feasibility study funding.

Mrs WalI attended two of the consultation events this month where she inspected plans and had the opportunity to speak to staff and councillors.

Funding for the oval shaped roundabout scheme comes from the Government, awarded via the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to support the growth and regeneration of Wisbech.

Broad End junction is on a list of road improvement schemes developed using £1 million of feasibility study funding.

People are being asked to have their say on ideas. The Walsoken junction is top of the list of work, and could be finished by 2021.

• Ms Wall wrote a poem in memory of the anniversary of her son Adam. It was written during a weekend retreat with other bereaved parents.

Missing You

So much sadness here today Adam

My heart is so heavy with pain

As I see so many parents with the lost look in their eyes.

Each one trying to hold themselves together.

***

I can see it, and I want to cry out

We should not be here,

We should not have to mourn for our children.

***

As we listened to the music of the Brass Band

And emotions overcame us

We let our tears of sadness fall.

***

We walked through the grounds of Hixton Hall

Past trees with leaves of gold and orange and red

They look beautiful

But the pleasure of such beauty has gone now you’re not here.

***

We walked past a lake and saw a family of swans,

Parents and signets swimming together

A lovely sight

But the pleasure of such beauty has gone now you’re not here.

***

We gathered together on a small hill

Where we stood in silence for some time before letting our balloons go.

The balloons we had held so tenderly, as if we were holding our child

The balloons on which we had written our child’s name and message of love

***

We let our balloons go, but I was not letting you go my darling Adam

I watched your balloon ascend, swaying and dancing until it was out of sight

It was taking my message of love to you

***

You are in my heart now and always

And never a moment from my thoughts

I miss you more than words can say

I miss you every minute of the day

My heart is broken, but my love for you will never fade

By Bridget M J Wall.

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