Dangerous roundabout highlighted in town
MOTORISTS and pedestrians have expressed their concerns over dangerous drivers who are continuing to flout the law.Ever since The Journal called on the people of Lowestoft and Southwold to 'Highlight a Hotspot' almost six months ago, poorly designed roads, others used as race tracks and incidents of bad driving have all been identified.
MOTORISTS and pedestrians have expressed their concerns over dangerous drivers who are continuing to flout the law.
Ever since The Journal called on the people of Lowestoft and Southwold to 'Highlight a Hotspot' almost six months ago, poorly designed roads, others used as race tracks and incidents of bad driving have all been identified.
But sparking more safety calls, the campaign has resumed once more this week amid fresh concerns that a crossing in Lowestoft is situated in a 'very dangerous area.'
Just weeks after The Journal revealed that a ten-year-old girl had escaped serious injuries as a hit-and-run driver struck her as she crossed on her bicycle between Bloodmoor and Stradbroke Road in Pakefield, readers have added their fears.
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John Clarke, from Lowestoft, suggested that the 'conglomeration of traffic' at the nearby Bloodmoor roundabout could have been a 'contributing cause' to November's hit-and-run incident.
'If two drivers approach this roundabout side by side, as was seen recently, and both try to enter Bloodmoor Road at the same time the concentration is on each others manoeuvre…and not where it should be - on the crossing,' he said. This is, and always has been a very dangerous area.'
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This view was also expressed by the parents of a ten-year-old girl - the same age as India Smith, who was left too frightened to ride her bike again ever since she was hit by a silver car.
Mr and Mrs Webster told The Journal how they were also involved in a 'near-miss' incident at the crossing on Bloodmoor roundabout last month - just a few weeks after the youngster's ordeal.
'We were halfway across when a car came from the direction of Lowestoft Road, heading towards Elm Tree Road, and didn't stop,' they said. 'We were very lucky it didn't hit us.
'It is almost impossible though for a pedestrian to cross the four lanes in the time allowed as the green man turns to red when you are three quarters of the way across.'
Concerns about the approach to the roundabout from Bloodmoor Road were also expressed by Journal readers last August, with some claiming that unless action was taken soon, 'a fatality' would occur.
And calling for the timings on the crossing to be changed to avoid potential disaster, Mr and Mrs Webster said: 'The roundabout is too busy, with too many junctions, lights and crossings for a driver to consider.'
Send your concerns and pictures to The Journal, Highlight a Hotspot Campaign, 147 London Road North, Lowestoft NR32 1NB or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org