Dock spur meeting with MP Gummer

MP JOHN Gummer is to meet with villagers to discuss the worries over the lack of action to stop lorry crashes at Felixstowe's deathtrap dock spur roundabout.

By Richard Cornwell

By RICHARD CORNWELL

Felixstowe editor

richard.cornwell@eveningstar.co.uk


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MP JOHN Gummer is to meet with villagers to discuss the worries over the lack of action to stop lorry crashes at Felixstowe's deathtrap dock spur roundabout.

The Suffolk Coastal MP was asked what he was doing to help in the battle for proper safety action at the junction by parish councillors in the twin Trimleys.

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Now he has agreed to visit and meet representatives from the villages to hear their concerns and talk about what action he can take and the pressure he can bring to bear upon the Highways Agency.

No date has yet been set for the meeting, but councillors are delighted that Mr Gummer is willing to meet them.

Villagers have vowed to keep on campaigning until major work is done at the notorious junction – and say measures taken so far are inadequate.

There have been 17 accidents in six years of lorries rolling over, and three incidents in the past six months.

Last month a 38-tonne truck tipped on to its right-hand side wheels as it tried to turn left from the port to Ipswich and careered across the junction and overturned just before the entrance from Ipswich.

The worst happened a year ago when motorist, Martin O'Sullivan, was crushed to death in his car when a juggernaut toppled on to it as it turned right to the port.

Every motorist's fear is of another fatality, and Trimley councillors believe action should be taken to separate the port and town traffic so that if a lorry did roll over, it would not land on a car in the inside lane.

Highways chiefs though insist there is no problem with the roundabout and the crashes are down to driver error, faulty vehicles and poor loading.

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