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Road safety campaign is launched for key link road in Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 07:30 18 December 2015

Sarah Otter and Adrian Nowell, who are calling for safety improvements on Tom Crisp Way after four serious accidents in less than six months.

Sarah Otter and Adrian Nowell, who are calling for safety improvements on Tom Crisp Way after four serious accidents in less than six months.

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A new online campaign is demanding action to improve the safety of a major route through Lowestoft after four serious accidents in less than six months.

Sarah Otter and Adrian Nowell, on Tom Crisp Way in Lowestoft. Pictures: Mick HowesSarah Otter and Adrian Nowell, on Tom Crisp Way in Lowestoft. Pictures: Mick Howes

About 2,000 people have already ‘liked’ a Facebook page entitled ‘Make Tom Crisp Way a safer place for everyone’.

The page was introduced by Sarah Otter and Adrian Nowell after a young girl was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge following a collision on Monday evening.

The girl, believed to be 11 years old, suffered serious head, leg and pelvic injuries after being involved in a collision with an Audi vehicle at about 3.35pm.

She remained in a serious but stable condition yesterday.

Two people have died on the road in the last six months – 35-year-old Scott Smith and 34-year-old Tony Carter, while teenage cyclist Kiran Cannon suffered serious injuries in a collision with a car in September.

It is understood a meeting will be held in the New Year with members of the public, police, councillors and the highways team to discuss ways to improve road safety along the busy stretch of the A12.

A petition has also been launched to make the road safer, which can be accessed via the Facebook page.

Ms Otter said: “Enough is enough – we need to make sure no more lives are lost on the road. Some of the ideas people have suggested include putting speed cameras in place, or a school crossing control person there.

“It’s got to stop. Something has to be done and money needs to be spent on the road.”

Sonia Barker, district and county councillor for Pakefield, said: “A formal request has been made by councillor Peter Byatt to Suffolk Highways to officially look into speed limit on that stretch of road.”

For the full story, pick up this week’s Journal.

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