Parish council chairman calls for changes to Fenland junction after two-vehicle crash
PARISH council chairman Brian Payne has called for radical changes to a Fenland junction after a crash involving a Royal Mail van and an ambulance this morning.
The collision happened shortly after 6am at the Gull Road junction of the A47, near Guyhirn, causing traffic chaos across Fenland.
Cllr Payne, chairman of Wisbech St Mary Parish Council, demanded better safety measures and called for drivers to be banned from turning right out of Gull Road.
He said: “If they go left and then all the way round the roundabout it only takes a few seconds longer. It is a matter of yards up the road and if those yards can prevent accidents and save lives then surely it’s worth doing.
“This is an extremely dangerous junction when turning right. I know, from my own experience, that you can sit in your car for ages before you’re able to pull out.
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“There has been no end of near misses. It is a very dangerous junction and it needs sorting.”
Cllr Payne was among several village councillors who successfully campaigned for improvements to the pothole-blighted trunk road in January this year.
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He said that the Highways Agency and Cambridgeshire County Council had discussed plans to stop drivers turning right out of Gull Road at that time but no action had been taken.
He said: “We call upon the Highways Agency and the council to improve the safety measures as soon as possible.”
The A47 was closed for almost four hours this morning after the crash. The ambulance had been taking a patient to Peterborough City Hospital when the collision happened.