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Ipswich: Traffic accident revives Tuddenham Road safety campaign

09:55 16 January 2014

An accident on Tuddenham Road has revived parents

An accident on Tuddenham Road has revived parents' road safety campaign.

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A traffic accident in which a young girl was injured has revived campaigns for better safety at a“nightmare crossing” in Ipswich.

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The youngster, believed to be 12 years old, was walking to school near the junction between Tuddenham Road and Belvedere Road on Tuesday morning when she was hit by a car and injured her leg.

Although paramedics said the injuries suffered on this occasion were not life-threatening, parents fear it will take a child to die before their calls for a safer crossing along that stretch of road are met.

Karen Densham, whose youngest daughter was walking to Northgate High School with the girl when she was injured, began campaigning for traffic calming measures along Tuddenham Road five years ago but claims Suffolk County Council – the highways authority – refused her requests for “20’s plenty” signs or zebra crossings.

“We just kept coming up against a brick wall,” she said. “It’s going to take a child to die before anyone takes any notice and we don’t want that to happen.”

A county council spokesman, however, said that surveys in the area had failed to provide any “clear evidence” of a speeding problem.

“There has been one minor accident in the last three years and no pedestrians were involved,” the spokesman added.

Mrs Densham disagrees and claims says the road has been a “nightmare” to cross ever since her involvement with St Helen’s Primary School’s Walking Bus scheme five years ago. “There was not a single position along the whole of Tuddenham Road where we felt it was safe to cross as the cars would come belting along,” she said.

The mother-of-two is hopeful one of the ward’s current county councillors may be more helpful.

Councillor Sarah Adams, whose children also attend schools in the area, has expressed her support for the campaign having received “quite a few” complaints about the road.

“We’ve been saying it is an accident waiting to happen and now that accident has happened,” she said.

Sufffolk County Council said it would continue to monitor the speed of traffic along the road.

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12 comments

  • Poppy's dad - can you reference these stats you have an intimate knowledge of because I suspect you are talking BS.

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    IanW

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • I wish the young girl a speedy recovery and no long term problems but having an intimate knowledge of injury accident stats the pedestrian is generally at fault in the vast majority of cases . Pedestrians always want to go everywhere in a hurry and try to cross the road asap . Road safety advice states cross when safe to do so , this appears not to have happened in this case .

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    Poppys Dad

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • In fact what a bunch of ignorant bell ends you lot are, do you really think cars are more important than people?

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    IanW

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Q.Why did the child cross the road? A.To get to the other side. The irrefutable point that the County Council needs to act on, instead of trotting out their usual complacent response about 'monitoring the speed of traffic' is that on a road (Tuddenham road) that every weekday morning is being traversed by vast numbers of children attending 4 different schools in the area, there is not one single crossing point! There are several blind bends, and traffic flow, whether speeding or not, is constant, so children are liable to take risks in order to get to school on time. Since society requires all children to attend school, the county council has a duty of care to ensure that they are able to get there without risking life or limb. Instead of which, it refuses to implement any traffic calming measures or create a single crossing point because they are more concerned about "interrupting traffic flow" than the safety of schoolchildren. It would be small minded to regard these measures as "a waste of taxpayers money" - the safety of our children when making all journeys should be high (perhaps highest) on a list of priorities for which we elect a body to allocate financial resources on behalf of a civilised society.

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    Ronald

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • You cannot implement traffic calming everywhere there might be a risk. Cars are dangerous, as are busy roads. We have allot of these in East Anglia and it is inevitable accident will happen. having lived in that area for 30years, I would say it has been a relatively trouble free area considering its location. We cannot waste tax payers money on more traffic lights etc especially when the idiotic local council have wasted so much already.

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    Johnie Redwood

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • IanW - I have the stats due to what i do for a living . They are freely available if you know where to look , the information is not secret

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    Poppys Dad

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • You cannot implement traffic calming everywhere there might be a risk. Cars are dangerous, as are busy roads. We have allot of these in East Anglia and it is inevitable accident will happen. having lived in that area for 30years, I would say it has been a relatively trouble free area considering its location. We cannot waste tax payers money on more traffic lights etc especially when the idiotic local council have wasted so much already.

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    Johnie Redwood

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Don't waste money monitoring traffic, spend it on the ill educated kids.

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    Lee Davies

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • 'The stats' are irrelevant. What is relevant is the fact that there is no crossing point along Tuddenham Road. Why not? Because the County Council chooses to prioritise cars over pedestrians. Children (and adults) should be able to cross a road without taking undue risks. At the moment, this is not possible due to the combination of traffic flow and absence of any crossing points. This is the responsibility of our County Council - no one else. Parents exercised their responsibility to their children by organising a petition and submitting it to the council - which they chose to ignore for the above reason. Many parents do not have the luxury of being able to take their child to school.

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    Ronald

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • What i would like to know if the latest incident was caused by a driver speeding or the child running out in the middle of the road. Most certainly if it was speeding that caused the accident, am i not wrong in that the child would have suffered injury's far worse than this article suggests.

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    Mr DJ

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • You cannot implement traffic calming everywhere there might be a risk. Cars are dangerous, as are busy roads. We have allot of these in East Anglia and it is inevitable accident will happen. having lived in that area for 30years, I would say it has been a relatively trouble free area considering its location. We cannot waste tax payers money on more traffic lights etc especially when the idiotic local council have wasted so much already.

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    Johnie Redwood

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • I disagree with Ronald that the county council has a duty of care; we are always passing the buck away from parents. Parents have as much a duty to get their child to school as they do to get a child to the GP, swimming pool, friends' houses, etc. The compulsory aspect of attending school is irrelevant. Should a County Council be responsible for ensuring children attend school well fed, rested, clean and healthy? Or do parents have any responsibilities these days?

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    Johnthebap

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

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