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Road concerns are highlighted

PUBLISHED: 22:35 26 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:23 05 July 2010

THE search to name and shame dangerous roads, to root out bad driving and showcase poorly designed roads is continuing - and this week answers to some major concerns have been provided, along with another hotspot that has been identified.

THE search to name and shame dangerous roads, to root out bad driving and showcase poorly designed roads is continuing - and this week answers to some major concerns have been provided, along with another hotspot that has been identified.

Ever since The Journal called on the people of Lowestoft and Southwold to Highlight a Hotspot, a raft of concerns, problem areas and routes that are being used as race tracks have been lodged.

But this week, as well as highlighting an “extremely dangerous” situation in Oulton, answers to questions posed by a Lowestoft resident have also been expressed.

A Hall Road resident, whose husband is a wheelchair user, expressed her anger and warned that it would only be a matter of time before there is a serious accident at the junction of Prospect Road/Christmas Lane and Hall Road. The junction is used school buses each day.

The resident said: “It is extremely dangerous for parents with pushchairs and toddlers who daily have to cross on this corner to get to school. Whichever side they try to cross from, all visible aspects are on bends and they can't see what is approaching -so they have no alternative but to take a chance crossing.”

In August, The Journal revealed the concerns of Lowestoft resident John Wylson, who questioned the effectiveness of the relief road and subsequently sent his fears to councillors and the highways department illustrating some improvements.

He also highlighted hotspot areas at the junctions of London Road South to Pier Terrace, Carlton Road to Long Road, Rectory Road to London Road South and the traffic lights on London Road South, Suffolk County Council have responded to the claims.

David Stiff, the highway network improvement services east area team leader, admitted they didn't want London Road South to be used as a rat run, and that was why the traffic lights only permit a few vehicles out of the road at each green signal.

“Access from London Road South towards Pier Terrace is maintained to provide access for local residents travelling towards the town centre and beyond,” he said.

Adding they were keeping this area under review, Mr Stiff was considering amending the signing so that A12 northbound traffic was directed from the seafront via Mill Road.

“This would guide visitors and should reduce some of the pressure on the Pier Terrace junction, however I do have some concerns that we may cause problems at the Mill Road roundabout if we forced all traffic to use Mill Road,” he said.

Revealing that the junction at Carlton Road to Long Road would continue to be monitored, Mr Stiff said: “The hatching and barriers have been installed to address reports of near misses and incidents of road rage that we received, caused by drivers switching lanes when travelling across the junction from Carlton Road.”

With regard to the junction of Rectory Road to London Road South, the county council are proposing to “prohibit parking south of the junction,” and this will be subject to consultation.

The traffic lights in London Road South were installed instead of zebra crossings following consultations with visually impaired people.

Send your concerns and pictures to The Journal, Highlight a Hotspot Campaign, 147 London Road North, Lowestoft, NR32 1NB or e-mail mark.boggis@archant.co.uk

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