Lack of action at danger roundabout

CONCERN was voiced today over the lack of action on new £106,000 safety scheme at Felixtowe's notorious dock spur roundabout – work which should have started two weeks ago.

CONCERN was voiced today over the lack of action on new £106,000 safety scheme at Felixtowe's notorious dock spur roundabout - work which should have started two weeks ago.

Councillors are hoping the delay to the project does not mean it the work will now over-run and disrupt traffic over the Easter break, the traditional start to the tourism season at the resort.

The Highways Agency is due to install flashing signs that will be activated by lorries that experts say are going too fast and show a truck tipping over.

The work follows a major campaign by The Evening Star, port chiefs and councillors to highlight the roundabout's dangers.


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Town and district councillor Andy Smith said: "Everyone was very pleased about this safety work and is keen to see it done but it is rather disturbing that nothing appears to be happening.

"We would like it does as quickly as possible because it might be tomorrow that it saves a life.

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"We also would not want this work to over-run into the Easter period when many people will be visiting Felixstowe."

Mr Smith hoped work would also involve replacement of white lines in the centre of the westbound carriageway, just prior to the Trimley slip road, which have been missing since before Christmas when resurfacing was done.

He also expressed concern over the state of the stretch of the A14 westbound carriageway near the Trimley footbridge, where several pot-holes can be seen.

"There is one which is now quite nasty and if a motorcycle was to hit it it could cause an accident," he said.

The Highways Agency said the work on installing the vehicle-activated signs would start on February 2 but warned this would depend on the weather.

The first sign - on the eastbound approach to the junction - would be up and working in March, and then a second would be put in place on the Port of Felixstowe Road after April.

The port has agreed to pay for one of the signs, which will activate if a lorry is travelling 38mph or higher to persuade drivers to slow down to 20mph to negotiate the junction.

In the past six years, there have been 20 accidents of trucks rolling over or shedding their loads. In the worst crash, motorist Martin O'Sullivan was killed when an articulated lorry landed on top of his car and crushed it flat.

No-one was available to comment from the Highways Agency.

n Do you think flashing speed signs will make lorries slow down? Write to Evening Star Letters, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail EveningStarLetters@eveningstar.co.uk

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