No safety work for crash junction

HIGHWAYS officials say there will be no safety work carried out at a Felixstowe town centre junction where a woman was injured in the latest in a series of accidents.

HIGHWAYS officials say there will be no safety work carried out at a Felixstowe town centre junction where a woman was injured in the latest in a series of accidents.

Because most of the crashes at the St Andrews Road/Hamilton Road junction have been damage-only, it is not a priority for action.

Residents say it is a junction where extreme care needs to be taken because of parked cars during the day and the speed of vehicles going through the town centre at other times.

Martyn Cartwright, who lives in a flat in Hamilton Road said he had seen many accidents during the 17 years he had lived there and felt it was time something was done to make the junction safer.

He said: “I was eating my dinner when I heard the bang and knew immediately that there had been another one.

“There has been so many now it is getting ridiculous.

Most Read

“I suppose they will wait until someone gets killed before they do anything, which is normally what happens.”

Mr Cartwright said the car parking on both sides of the road - between the traffic lights and St Andrews Road, and from the opposite junction beyond Bannisters - made it very difficult for vehicles wanting to turn tight or cross straight over.

He said: “At weekends and evenings I have noticed that cars come much faster down the road, too.”

Suffolk County Council's highways department receives details of all injury accidents, but not damage only ones.

A spokeswoman said: “If there has been an injury then we go down to investigate and look at the circumstances of the accident to see if the junction needs altering.

“At this stage there are no plans to change this junction.

“We only have a limited amount of money for safety work and we have to look at those places where there have been severe accidents or fatalities.”

A black VW Corrado and a blue Renault Clio were involved in the accident around 5pm on Sunday.

Firefighters had to cut the woman free from her car - she was taken to hospital by ambulance with minor injuries. The street was closed for two hours while the debris was cleared.

What would make the junction safer? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail EveningStarLetters@eveningstar.co.uk