Mercury readers back our campaign to make junction safer

John Simmons holds a photo of his son Andrew, who was just 19 when he died in a motorbike crash at the junction
John Simmons holds a photo of his son Andrew, who was just 19 when he died in a motorbike crash at the junction
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MERCURY readers have been writing in support of our campaign to improve road safety at a busy junction.

We believe a “Stop” sign on the end of the south sliproad at the A43 and A1 junction near Wothorpe, and a 40mph speed limit for vehicles approaching the junction is needed to try to prevent a tragedy. And, it seems, many readers who use the road agree.

Jenni Williamson, from Main Road, Collyweston, said: “Please add my name to the petition. The sooner this junction is improved the better.”

Robert Hughes, from Second Drift in Wothorpe, said: “I feel that the A43 should have a speed restriction of 40mph from Easton-on-the-Hill to the 30mph sign at the entrance to First Drift, Wothorpe, as the busy road passes the junction to Wothorpe on the hill, the A1 junction and the two entrances.”

Dawn Washington, from Easton-on-the-Hill, said: “I travel this road everyday and have seen people not stopping at the junction and pulling straight out. And also, the most serious and possibly deadly, I have seen on at least half a dozen separate occasions, cars that do not know this junction pulling into the southbound sliproad and having to stop when realising their serious error.”

Peter and Christine Bearne, of Main Road in Collyweston, said: “We support the Mercury’s call for a stop sign and a 40mph speed limit at the junction.”

Elizabeth Banks said: “Thank you for organising this campaign to get something done about this very dangerous junction.”

Since 2006, there have been 11 accidents, including six serious collisions, at the junction.

The latest serious crash happened last month in a collision involving three vehicles. One driver was badly hurt and had to be airlifted to hospital. He is still in a serious condition at Peterborough City Hospital.

A villagers’ campaign is also being run by Sue Sharpe, of The Crescent, Easton-on-the-Hill. Her petition has received more than 200 signatures from residents of Easton-on-the-Hill and Collyweston.

Staff at Mill View Motors in Easton-on-the-Hill have backed our campaign.

Workers say they have had to carry out repairs on vehicles that have been in collisions at the junction and say that something needs to be done about its safety.

Mark Ellis, a partner at the garage, said: “I think something needs to be done there. We have all had people pulling out in front of us and it happens on a daily basis. The gentlemen who was in the recent accident was a customer of mine.

“I think a stop sign would be good because it would stop people who just creep out. I will support the campaign as would everyone else who works here.”