Call for safety measures at black spot

A CALL for safety improvements has been made after an elderly woman became the latest casualty of a road in Ipswich dubbed an accident black spot by concerned residents.

A CALL for safety improvements has been made after an elderly woman became the latest casualty of a road in Ipswich dubbed an accident black spot by concerned residents.

The 82-year-old Ipswich woman collided with a yellow Ford Puma car on Fletcher Road at about 1.20pm on Thursday.

The woman, who was on her way to the nearby post office on Reynolds Road, was taken to hospital after the collision but was allowed home after being seen by doctors.

Ian Maxwell, of Fletcher Road, said this is the fourth accident at the junction that he and his wife have witnessed in the last ten months.


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He said: “There have been at least four accidents on this road in the past year and one only last week in the same spot with two cars.

“It's a real accident black spot and we need either a pedestrian crossing or speed bumps here.”

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Sylvia Bennett, also of Fletcher Road, said she found it difficult to cross the road at the junction with Reynolds Road.

She said: “It's a very dangerous road and I have to go right around the corner before I can cross it.

“It's dangerous because you've got to watch four ways and if you're a bit slow getting across it can be a problem.”

The driver of the car involved in the latest accident is believed to be a 43-year-old woman from Ipswich.

Councillor for the area, John Mowles, said he and other ward councillors are keen to find out how the accident occurred.

He said: “We would like to find out whether or not there is a particular problem in this part of the road.

“We are aware that fast moving traffic is a matter of considerable concern to people throughout the area but we will wait for the information from the police to find out whether or not there is any kind of pattern of accidents here.

“If it is so, we will do what we can to get this matter addressed.”

Suffolk police are investigating the incident.

Do you believe Fletcher Road is an accident blackspot? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.>

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