Last call to back A43 safety improvements campaign

THIS is your last chance to back our campaign to make safety improvements at a dangerous junction.

More than 500 people have backed the call to install a “Stop” sign at the junction of the A1 south sliproad and the A43 near Wothorpe, as well as reduce the speed limit from 60mph to 40mph for vehicles approaching the junction.

On Wednesday at 6.45am there was another crash at the junction involving a car and a van.

One of the drivers, a man, was taken to Peterborough City Hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries. He remains in hospital.

Police were unable to say which of the vehicles he was driving. No-one else was injured and the road was cleared by 10am.

Since we launched our campaign in February, we have had support from victims of crashes at the junction, MPs, parents at Stamford Junior School in Kettering Road, an advanced driving instructor, and other motorists who use the junction.

Peterborough City Council decided the changes were not needed following an inspection of the site in March.

But we are intending to hand all the coupons we have received to the city council in the coming weeks in the hope road safety chiefs will reconsider their decision.

Mercury editor Eileen Green said: “We have had strong support for our campaign but the crash on Wednesday proves how dangerous the junction is.

“I really do believe it’s only a matter of time before another fatal crash happens and I hope everyone who has not already supported the campaign takes a few minutes to fill in the coupon or e-mail us.”

Residents in Easton-on-the-Hill and Collyweston, led by Sue Sharpe, collected more than 380 signatures on a petition, which has been handed to the council.

To support the campaign, fill in the coupon or e-mail smeditor@stamfordmercury.co.uk