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Calls for changes at notorious A47 junction

Catherine Brookes and Elizabeth Truss at the meeting
Catherine Brookes and Elizabeth Truss at the meeting

People living around a notorious A47 junction at Walsoken catalogued a host of near-misses during a special meeting.

Stories of articulated lorries overtaking turning tractors and cars pulling out of the Broad End Road junction were shared during the meeting in All Saints’ Church, Walsoken, on Friday.

Parish council chairman Fred Leach told the meeting: “We all want to see a lot of improvements to the junction for everyone’s sake. Everyone is upset and we will continue to call for improvements to the junction.”

Cllr Leach, an apple grower, told the meeting that a lorry overtook him as he was turning into Broad End Road.

Wisbech town councillor Michael Hill also shared how a car pulled out in front of him and called for cameras.

He said: “A lot of it is that people are ignorant about what they do on that junction.”

Concerns have been expressed that the interactive signs installed earlier this year are too close to the junction.

Catherine Brookes, reigional director for Highways England, stated that the signs were placed there for safety reasons.

But she said the scheme would be reviewed 12 months and 36 months after the installation.

Parish councillor Andy Houghton suggested also having interactive signs placed on the junction to warn people turning onto the A47.

Wisbech town councillor Robert McLaren asked Ms Brookes: “As we are a small community, are we going to be forgotten?”

Calls were also made for a lower speed limit.

Steve Green asked: “We are all agreed that Broad End Road junction is dangerous. Can I ask why £16 million is being spent at Guyhirn for what is a mild congestion at worst and we are not getting anything meaningful here.”

The meeting had been called by South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss, who said she had heard people’s frustrations and will be writing to the transport minister.

She said: “The Broad End Road junction feels flimsy and doesn’t fulfil the level of effectiveness which will stop more reckless driving.

“I understand the importance of this and let’s carry on pushing.”

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