Motorist calls for safety moves

MOTORIST Dave Quantrill is calling for an Ipswich junction to be made safer before someone is seriously hurt or killed.Mr Quantrill dubbed the Meredith Road and Norwich Road junction an accident blackspot saying it has been the site of string of crashes and near misses.

By Amanda Cresswell

MOTORIST Dave Quantrill is calling for an Ipswich junction to be made safer before someone is seriously hurt or killed.

Mr Quantrill dubbed the Meredith Road and Norwich Road junction an accident blackspot saying it has been the site of string of crashes and near misses.

He spoke out after his partner's neck was injured in a smash on the junction.


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The 32-year-old said: "My partner was coming out of Meredith Road and turning right toward Asda and was in collision with a car coming down the other way. The BMW is a write off.

"It is an accident blackspot. There is always glass on the road there. I have seen a couple of accidents and near misses myself and spoke to people in the area who said it is so dangerous."

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Mr Quantrill, of Pinecroft Road, videoed the traffic light times and said it was possible for two cars to find themselves legally in each other's path.

Drivers coming down Norwich Road from the Asda direction find themselves in the path of another vehicle as the lights from Meredith Road change to green too quickly.

"It looks like someone has jumped the red light. But it is not the case. The red light delay times aren't long enough on Meredith Road.

"I understand since the development of the new retail park and Norwich Road being the main route into town that means traffic flow is very high and congestion is soon built up so red light times must be at a minimum.''

"But the council must realise that this is becoming quite a blackspot for accidents and should increase the red light delay time. There are a lot of what ifs?

"What if a cyclist was negotiating the same junction? What if someone is seriously injured or even worse?"

An Ipswich Council spokesman said they were unaware of the problem.

Schoolgirl Leanne Edwards was killed at the crossing in 1992 after a collision with a car.

After the accident Suffolk County Council introduced safety measures at the crossing in a £45,000 scheme. New traffic signals were installed and a pelican crossing removed.

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