Mixed reaction to roundabout calls on A47 at Walsoken

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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A mother’s call for a roundabout to be installed on a notorious junction on the A47 has received a mixed reaction.

Bridget Wall told last week’s Fenland Citizen that the Highways Agency’s current work to install signs and road markings on the Broadend Road junction at Walsoken is not going far enough.

Mrs 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.

The Highways Agency says it would be “inappropriate” to install a roundabout due to the staggered nature of the junction. Work is due to finish at the junction on January 30.

Brian Long, who represents the area on West Norfolk Council, is also supporting Mrs Wall’s calls.

He said: “I would very much like to see a roundabout installed.

“This is a location where there have been a lot of incidents so anything that will make it safer is welcome. I am yet to be convinced by what they are doing.

“I welcome the investment and hopefully it will make a difference but time will tell.”

Chairman of Walsoken Parish Council Fred Leach has welcomed the work being undertaken by the Highways Agency.

He said: “We have been waiting a long time and campaigning to get the work done and we are pleased it is happening at last. We are grateful for the support of Elizabeth Truss MP.”

On the Fenland Citizen Facebook page, Stuart Terry posted: “Sadly, it seems the council are quite happy for people to get killed around Broadend, or the death toll there wouldn’t be so high! A roundabout would probably be a good idea, rather than a half-baked attempt of just putting a few signs up.

“Although, on the B198, just up from the Shell/Starbucks junction, where they put one in a few years ago, it seems some people are so stupid they just drive over it! How on earth they don’t see it, I’ll never know!”