Fears after another Dockspur crash
WILL another motorist have to die before real safety action is taken?That was the demand from campaigners today after yet another juggernaut crash at Felixstowe's notorious dock spur roundabout.
WILL another motorist have to die before real safety action is taken?
That was the question put by campaigners today after yet another juggernaut crash at Felixstowe's notorious dock spur roundabout.
It is just a year since car driver Martin O'Sullivan was killed at the blackspot.
If there had been a car on the inside of the lorry in the latest incident, another family would today be grieving the loss of a loved one.
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The Renault articulated lorry shed its load – a five-tonne machinery part – onto the inside lane as it swung right towards the Port of Felixstowe.
Felixstowe town and district councillor Andy Smith said residents had a right to know when positive action would be taken to solve the junction's problems.
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Mr Smith said: "It is time we got some answers from the Highways Agency – they are long overdue.
"We had draft responses from the Transport Research Laboratory's investigation many, many months ago.
"And when we met the agency nearly a year ago they were very positive and recognised the need for action and reasonably quick attention to this junction.
"But in the meantime that seems to have been forgotten.
"We have a right to know not only the answers but what action is going to be taken."
While funding was sought for major work, the town council was told that signs and road markings would be changed – but that had not happened either.
Last night's incident, which happened just before 6pm, caused long tailbacks as police coned off and reduced the junction to one lane, delaying hauliers and commuters.
Heavy lifting gear had to be called in to re-load the lorry, which did not flip over. It is understood its cargo was part of a container park crane.
Luckily no one was hurt in the accident.
Last year four lorries turned over at the roundabout, which is used by two million vehicles a year.
The last was on December 20, when a lorry overturned and blocked Candlet Road, shedding its load of potatoes.
After father-of-three Mr O'Sullivan was killed, the Highways Agency spent £25,000 on reinforcing rumble strips on the approach from Ipswich, placing "lorry tipping over" signs on the roundabout approach, an advisory 20mph speed limit for lorries, and new road markings.
There was another accident within a week of the work being carried out. But there was then not another until December.
Three major schemes costing up to £400,000 have been designed to separate traffic heading for the port and town and realign the entrance for slow vehicles, but no cash is available yet.
The Transport Research Laboratory has suggested some more minor changes in the interim.