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Residents protest over road danger

PUBLISHED: 22:24 14 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:02 03 March 2010

RESIDENTS living in and around Colchester Road in Ipswich are to present a petition to the Highways Department calling for a crossing to be built to provide a safe route across the busy road.

RESIDENTS living in and around Colchester Road in Ipswich are to present a petition to the Highways Department calling for a crossing to be built to provide a safe route across the busy road.

They are demanding that safety measures for pedestrians should be built before a fatal accident occurs.

Homeowners said if nothing is done it would only be a matter of time before someone is hurt on one of the busiest roads in Ipswich.

The road is full of traffic in the mornings and evenings and problems are added to by school busses dropping off children at nearby schools.

Eileen Smith, who lives in nearby Crofton Road, said children are playing Russian Roulette with the cars on the roads when the bus drops them off in the morning.

She said: "Kids are jay walking across the road and weaving in and out of cars – it's just a matter of time before someone gets hit. We want a safe place to cross the road as this sort of thing happens at all times of the day."

More than 100 people have signed the petition and it is hoped that this number will be added to before Christmas.

Bert Fowler, who lives on Colchester Road, said:

"It's getting worse due to the number of cars on the roads. But it's not just the kids – its people of all ages."

n If you live near the Colchester Road junction with Woodbridge Road and would like to sign the petition, please contact Eileen Smith on 727798.


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