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PUBLISHED: 23:01 05 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:13 05 July 2010

SELFISH driving, a notorious roundabout and the £30m South Lowestoft Relief Road have all been identified during a new campaign.

Since The Journal called on the people of Lowestoft and Southwold to Highlight a Hotspot, amid a number of complaints that had been lodged, more problem areas have come to our attention.

SELFISH driving, a notorious roundabout and the £30m South Lowestoft Relief Road have all been identified during a new campaign.

Since The Journal called on the people of Lowestoft and Southwold to Highlight a Hotspot, amid a number of complaints that had been lodged, more problem areas have come to our attention.

A number of examples have been highlighted by readers as the search to name and shame dangerous roads, to root out bad and dangerous driving and showcase poorly designed roads or other routes that are used as race tracks or short cuts intensifies.

With £30.8m paid for the construction of the South Lowestoft Relief Road, which opened in June 2006 and coincided with the Sunrise Scheme to alleviate traffic on the usually congested London Road South, concerns have been highlighted about the stretch of road.

It follows a corridor from the Bloodmoor roundabout in Pakefield, through to Horn Hill. But residents have watched on anxiously as the route becomes a haven for near misses.

Among the concerns that have been raised are exits from the roundabout.

Coltsfoot Close resident John Clarke believes the most dangerous roads in Lowestoft are Bloodmoor Road and Elm Tree Road - both of them stemming from the roundabout.

“My reason for assuming this is that the pedestrian crossings, which are controlled by traffic lights, are much too close to the roundabout and I think they are very prone to accidental shunts,” he said.

Claiming that he had witnessed many near-misses Mr Clarke said: “When a driver finds a chance to enter the roundabout from Stradbroke Road, to turn left into Bloodmoor Road, he suddenly finds stationary cars in front of him, caused by somebody pressing the dreaded stop button. This also happens on the other side of the roundabout - so a couple of underpasses would solve this problem. Bloodmoor roundabout must be top of the list of dangerous roads.”

Fellow Lowestoft resident, Robert Ellis, believes that driving standards in town took a steep dive the day the relief road was opened particularly with the approach to the bascule bridge along Belvedere Road.

Mr Ellis said: “Large number of drivers ignore the huge queues of patient drivers in the left hand lane and storm straight to the front before pushing in, in an aggressive manner.

“The solution would be to re-erect the merge-in-turn signs, then everybody could use both lanes all the way to the bridge and the impatient ones would have no advantage over the patient.”

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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