Notorious roundabout claims another

YOU were warned!That was the message from campaigners to the Highways Agency today after yet another lorry flipped over at Felixstowe's notorious dock spur roundabout.

YOU were warned!

That was the message from campaigners to the Highways Agency today after yet another lorry flipped over at Felixstowe's notorious dock spur roundabout.

Motorists trying to get to work faced traffic chaos as the emergency services dealt with the crash while the Trimley villages were choked with streams of cars pumping out fumes as the jams took hold.

The accident happened just a day after campaigners sent a letter to the Highways Agency warning officials there would be a another lorry crash soon – and said today's incident was a "graphic indication" that action was desperately needed.

Rush-hour traffic was brought to a standstill as the articulated lorry's cab rolled over, leaving its trailer carrying an empty container standing, as it tried to turn right towards the port.

Police were quickly on the scene at 8.20am and said the driver appeared to be uninjured and had managed to get out of his truck.

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Long tailbacks formed for people heading into Felixstowe, and the Trimley villages and Walton were clogged with cars seeking an alternative route to the resort and the port for work.

It was expected to be some hours before the lorry could be righted and removed and the junction fully opened again.

Twenty lorries have rolled over or shed their loads in the past six years at the roundabout. In the worst, motorist Martin O'Sullivan was killed when an articulated lorry landed on top of his car and crushed it flat.

Campaigners have been pressing for a major safety scheme to realign the entrance to the roundabout and separate town and port traffic.

Felixstowe town and district councillor Andy Smith said today: "This is a graphic indication of why we need a proper safety scheme at this roundabout.

"The town council has just sent another letter this week to the Highways Agency warning them that while we have not had a lorry roll over for a while, it was only a matter of time before we did.

"The people of this town have a right to demand action from the Highways Agency and unless something is done soon it could be considered negligence."

Councillors are deeply unhappy with the measures taken so far at the junction – believing signs and lines will not be enough to prevent another fatal accident – and concerned at the delay in doing other work.

The Highways Agency has spent £30,000 this year on changing road markings and putting up signs, but is trying to avoid structural works. It is also looking at other methods of reducing vehicle speeds such as the vehicle activated signing.

n What do you think – is a major safety scheme needed at the dock spur? Write to Your Letters, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail EveningStarLetters@eveningstar.co.uk

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