High hopes for improvement on notorious Walsoken junction

Broadend Junction where work is going to start soon to improve the junction ANL-150601-084107009

Broadend Junction where work is going to start soon to improve the junction ANL-150601-084107009

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Hopes are high that a notorious collision black spot could be improved within the next 10 years.

People in Walsoken have sent a strong message to Highways England that Broad End Road junction on the A47 needs to be improved during a special meeting on Friday.

Interactive signs and road hatching were installed earlier this year but many feel that these do not go far enough and would like to see a roundabout installed.

Catherine Brookes, regional director for Highways England, told the meeting in All Saints’ Church that the junction features on a list of schemes which could be in line for improvements between 2020 and 2025.

But the meeting was told that the best bet for a roundabout to be installed on the junction is if new homes are built in the area.

Ms Brookes told the meeting: “There is a possibility of building a roundabout if the houses that are in the planning process come to fruition.

“If the houses which are written in the local plan come to fruition that junction is going to have to be upgraded to accommodate them.

“At the moment I am not able to support a roundabout but if the houses quoted in the local planning document happen then I would absolutely be supportive.”

Twelve people have died on this stretch of the A47 in the last 14 years and there have been 127 life-changing injuries.

Bridget Wall has been fighting for improvements to the road since her son, Adam, a 24-year-old motorcyclist, was killed in a crash at the junction in November 2002.

She said: “How many deaths do there have to be before they consider it a dangerous collision hot spot?”