Flood cordon spells danger, says driver

A MOTORIST has today spoken about his safety fears for pedestrians as people are being forced to walk in a main road.

A MOTORIST has today spoken about his safety fears for pedestrians as people are being forced to walk in a main road.

Ipswich's All Saints Road was closed off on Monday, March 12, while flood alleviation improvements are carried by Anglian Water.

Workers have put a cordon around the end of the street but the cordon, which runs the width of the road, does not offer pedestrians a pathway and instead forces them to walk along the busy Norwich Road.

Phil Sims, 59, of Springfield Lane, drives along Norwich Road every morning on his way to drop his daughter off at work and has watched numerous people walk out into the road.


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He said: “The first time I passed last week I actually had to slow right down because someone was in the road.

“I just couldn't believe the road workers could be so careless and allow this danger to happen.

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“Since then I watched in amazement as numerous other people, including school children, are forced out on to the road.

“I was so worried about their safety I contacted the council to see what they could do.”

Mr Sims said he received a reply from Ipswich Borough Council saying it would inform Anglia Water to put signs up to warn motorists of the road works and to put a temporary pathway in.

A spokesman for Anglian Water said a diversion was put in place further along Norwich Road inviting pedestrians to cross using a pelican crossing.

He said: “We have worked with highways to improve the signage. Hopefully that should have alleviated the problem.”

Do you think the work has created a hazard to pedestrians? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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