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MP to host public meeting about Broadend Road junction on A47

The Broadend Road junction on the A47 near Wisbech.
The Broadend Road junction on the A47 near Wisbech.

A public meeting is being held on Friday (October 9) to debate controversial road safety signs installed at a notorious A47 junction near Wisbech.

Residents have raised concerns about signs at the Broadend Road junction in Walsoken since they were erected at the start of the year, as the campaign to have a roundabout installed carries on.

The Highways Agency installed vehicle-activated signs on both the eastbound and westbound A47 approaches to the staggered junction, but local people say the signs are too close to the junction to have any impact.

South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss has been in contact with Walsoken Parish Council regarding the complaints, prompting a public meeting with the MP, councillors and Catherine Brookes from Highways England (formally the Highways Agency).

It is being held at All Saints’ Church in Church Road, Walsoken, by kind permission of the Rector, the Reverend Allan Landall, on Friday (October 9) at 6.30pm.

Bridget Wall, whose son Adam, a 24-year-old motorcyclist, was killed in a crash at the junction in November 2002, says a roundabout is the only way to reduce the number of victims killed and injured at the junction.

She said: “It is agreed that the layout of the Broadend Road junction is extremely poor, and installing new signs and white lines has not reduced the danger.

“The only way to make this junction safer for residents, local business and all who use the A47 is the installation of a roundabout.

“There have been 12 fatalities at this junction in 14 years and 127 life-changing injuries. If this occurred on the railways there would a public outcry and a demand for immediate action.

“A roundabout would help save irreplaceable lives, prevent serious injuries and allow local residents, local businesses and all who use the A47 the right to do so without fear of their lives.”

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