Bus shelter accident prompts road safety calls

A car accident which damaged Freston bus shelter has prompted calls for action from the community to make safe a dangerous accident spot.

FRESTON: A car accident which damaged Freston bus shelter has prompted calls for action from the community to make safe a dangerous accident spot.

Chairman of Freston Parish Council Elizabeth Aldous said she is “extremely concerned” for residents' safety at the notorious bend to Wolverstone on the B1456.

The bus shelter was badly damaged when a car collided with it on Friday evening in wet weather.

Ms Aldous she was called to the scene of the crash shortly after it happened at about 8.45pm.


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“When I saw what had happened my reaction was I was so fortunate nobody was in the bus shelter at the time and thank goodness the person driving was not hurt,” she said.

“I am extremely concerned. I am concerned about that junction with the B1080 to Holbrook generally.

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“People have to get off the bus from Ipswich to Shotley on the bend on the opposite side of the road and are often seen nearly running across the road.

“The whole thing is just a disaster waiting to happen. You can't see around the bend.”

The site of the latest accident is not far from the spot where two young people were killed in 2003.

And Ms Aldous said it is just a matter of time before the stretch of road claims another life.

She added: “The time has come when somebody needs to take some action.

“For the last 18 months I have been asking to have part of that road resurfaced, I am quite worried about how slippery Freston hill will be this winter. We have been left out of the county council's resurfacing agenda. It is another concern, which makes the road unsafe.”

A spokeswoman for Suffolk police said officers were called by the ambulance service to the scene of the single vehicle crash at about 8.45pm on Friday evening.

A silver Ford Fiesta collided with the bus shelter causing damage to the brick structure but there was no debris on the road.

The spokeswoman added that no-one was injured in the collision.

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