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Felixstowe: Warning to motorists as vehicles jump A14 crossing red lights

PUBLISHED: 16:48 22 August 2014 | UPDATED: 16:49 22 August 2014

PCSO Glynn Bown, Sarah and James Feaviour and Sergeant Peter Street at the crossing.

PCSO Glynn Bown, Sarah and James Feaviour and Sergeant Peter Street at the crossing.

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Motorists travelling through a coastal town have been warned to take extra care at a pedestrian crossing on the A14.

The warning comes from police in Felixstowe after reports of vehicles failing to stop at the red lights at the pedestrian crossing at the Dock Spur roundabout, also known as the water tower roundabout.

Residents James and Sarah Feaviour have concerns, with Mr Feaviour saying: “I believe someone is going to get seriously injured, or killed. Drivers continually ignore the lights on what is a very fast and extremely busy stretch of road.

“I use those crossings at least four times a day and can honestly say someone on most days fails to stop, and only recently I stepped out to cross the road with my wife and two dogs, when the green man was on and the traffic lights were red and a lorry failed to stop.”

Sergeant Peter Street, from the Felixstowe and District Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT), said: “We have received several reports of vehicles going through pedestrian crossing red lights at the Dock Spur roundabout. I believe many motorists are not aware that the crossings are there, however, this does not excuse the fact they failing to observe the red lights and putting the lives of pedestrians at serious risk.”

Sgt Street also said recommendations have been sent to an advisor to the Highways Agency and added: “In the meantime, Pc Natalie Howard from Felixstowe SNT will be overseeing the issue, and dealing with drivers where offences are observed. We will also be contacting haulage companies to spread the message of the hazards of running through a red light and we will be looking to prosecute offenders.

“But the poignant message to get across to motorists is that the crossings do exist, and every time they run the lights they are endangering the lives of pedestrians, as well as themselves, and they need to exercise caution and vigilance when approaching the area. We urge pedestrians to exercise vigilance, motorists to slow down and be more aware of their environment – and parents to ensure their children, if they use the crossing are aware of the dangers and supervise them, or get them to use an alternative route.”

7 comments

  • The lights are hidden by the bend and when the lights are green cars do 60+ around that corner.

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    zaax

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • A pelican crossing should simply not be there. Not only is it on a fast moving dual carriageway, but from the previous set of traffic lights it cannot even be seen - people from out of town have no idea they are going to be confronted with a crossing just as they are starting to accelerate onto the dual carriageway. Today's cars accelerate very quickly and can be up to 60 mph and beyond before they even see the crossing - to slam on the brakes at this speed could be just as dangerous as having to jump the lights because you simply just won't stop in time. It should have been a foot bridge from the start. And to say a footbridge is too expensive is crazy - they managed to find the money to put one over the railtracks for the new school! A life is worth far more than the cost of a footbridge.

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    Lady GaGa

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • The crossing or should I say the public right of way was in place before the road, so it should read who would put a road across a public right of way. However the issue is not who what where or when, it's there and it always will be, but lets make it as safe as we possible can. Synchronization of the lights will make a vast improvement to the west bound side, signs will also help, as for the east bound side taking down the second set of lights to make drivers stop before the crossing would help also signs. Then last of all better safer driving would help.

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    Jim Feaviour

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • I have got to say the planners who designed this junction have just got it wrong. Putting a pedestrian crossing on the A14 is just stupid. It needs proper investment from the port authority and traffic lights out and a pedestrian bridge. When someone gets hurt or killed they will blame the motorist but not the planners

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    Dataminer1

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • I have got to say the planners who designed this junction have just got it wrong. Putting a pedestrian crossing on the A14 is just stupid. It needs proper investment from the port authority and traffic lights out and a pedestrian bridge. When someone gets hurt or killed they will blame the motorist but not the planners

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    Dataminer1

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • Of course drivers should observe and obey crossings....but I have to say this is one of the most ridiculously sited crossings I have ever encountered anywhere! It is easy to overlook, especially when pulling away from the preceding lights. Only here would we put a pedestrian crossing on a high speed dual carriageway.

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    Disbeliever

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • The headline is almost english.

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    spike martin

    Friday, August 22, 2014

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