Drivers slam 'amber gamblers'

Concerned residents today slammed “amber gamblers” for dangerous driving and causing accidents on one of Ipswich's busiest traffic spots.

IPSWICH: Concerned residents today slammed “amber gamblers” for dangerous driving and causing accidents on one of Ipswich's busiest traffic spots.

A collision on the junction of Handford Road, Yarmouth Road and West End Road earlier this week has left Ipswich drivers despairing over the town's traffic management.

Some have referred to the area as a major hotspot for rush hour madness which has led to frustrated drivers swarming the roads.

However, others have blamed the town's light gamblers for collisions at the junction.

Commuters were caught in long delays a week ago after a silver Mazda collided with a blue Rover, which saw three people taken to hospital trapped.

A 61-year-old man is currently waiting to see whether he will face prosecution following the crash.

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Motorist John Felton said: “Drivers get frustrated when the lights turn green, but you can't move because the route is blocked by drivers from another direction.

“It would be massively improved by making it a box junction.”

Another driver who contacted The Evening Star said: “I have never known a town to have so many traffic lights.

“Roundabouts would definitely be a wiser and safer option - yes, some widening may have to happen but rather that than the mayhem there at the moment.”

Meanwhile temporary traffic lights in Wherstead Road have caused disruption to drivers.

National Grid has been working in the area and bosses have admitted they do not know when the road will be operating normally again.

Graham McQuarrie, a spokesman for National Grid, said: “We are still working on trying to find the source of the gas leak and work will continue until we have done so - we can only apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.”

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C. Smith, from Ipswich, said: “There was never so much congestion when it was roundabouts.

Special Plod said: “Not saying this accident was a result of people jumping lights but there are plenty of Amber gambler's using that junction.”

Sarky Sage said: “I use that junction four times a day and the main culprits are red gamblers turning from West End Road into Handford Road / London Road going into town.”

Richard Garrard said: “I used to work that end of town and there were no real problems when we had the roundabouts.”