Mother calls for roundabout at A47 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

A mother whose son was killed in a crash at a notorious junction says plans to install new signs are a “waste of time”.

The Highways Agency will be installing new warning signs and road markings at the A47 Broadend Road junction at Walsoken between tomorrow and January 30.

Bridget Wall says this work does not go far enough and is calling for a roundabout, but the Highways Agency claims this would be “inappropriate” at the junction.

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.

She said: “The new signs and road markings are a complete waste of time. This will be the third set of road markings. It is going to make no difference.

“A roundabout is the best solution for a staggered junction like Broadend. The traffic has got to slow down to negotiate it.

“From 1992 and 2012 there have been 12 deaths on that stretch of road. Without a doubt, a roundabout would save lives.”

Mrs Wall is working with other people in the community to form the A47 Action Group, which is calling for a roundabout and other improvements to be made to the notorious junction.

Mrs Wall collected 1,670 signatures in an earlier petition but is hoping to gain more.

She said: “The Highway Agency is planning to spend £170,00 on the junction by installing new signs and double white lines. This would be better used towards a roundabout.”

A Highways Agency spokesperson said: “We are committed to improving safety on our network.

“Unfortunately, due to the staggered nature of the junction a roundabout would be inappropriate. However, we are making improvements to the A47 Walsoken / Broadend Road junction by installing new warning signs and renewing road markings at the location.”

Mrs Wall hopes more people will support the group. If you would like to help email: bmjwall24@talktalk.net