Pleas to improve safety at ‘dangerous’ junction on A47 Wisbech bypass revived

PLEAS to improve safety at a “dangerous” junction on the A47 Wisbech bypass have been revived by a councillor.

Wisbech Town councillor Robert McClaren has contacted Norfolk County Council and the Highways Agency about making changes to the Broadend Road junction near Walsoken.

Cllr McClaren wants the speed limit restricted from 60mph to 40mph and red ‘do not enter’ zones to be marked out on the chevrons.

He said: “It’s a dangerous bit of road, everyone knows that, but campaigns to improve the safety of it seem to have slipped a bit. I want to revitalise efforts to make it safer.

“I sat in the box waiting to turn nearly two years ago and almost had a head on with a lorry so I’m one of the lucky ones. And I know taxi drivers who simply won’t use the junction.

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“There’s obviously an issue if people are avoiding it in their line of work - they simply don’t feel safe using it.”

MPs Henry Bellingham and Liz Truss have met Walsoken residents and councillors in the past to discuss their concerns about the staggered junction.

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However, a spokesman for Norfolk County Council said there have been just two recorded minor injury accidents at that section of the A47 between October 2008 and September 2011.

The fatal collision on the bypass involving Fenland District Councillor Roger Green in July occurred 250 metres south of the junction.

Teenagers Robert Hostler, 17, and Claire Stubberfield, 19, were the last fatalities at the Walsoken junction in a two-car collision in December 2007.

Any changes at the junction will need the approval of the Highways Agency which is responsible for the road.

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