Mercury’s junction safety campaign sent to council

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THE Mercury’s call for safety improvements at a dangerous junction has now been sent to council chiefs.

More than 500 people have supported the campaign 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.

All the tokens and e-mails we received have now been sent to Peterborough City Council and it is now up to road safety officers to make a decision.

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 hoping officers will reconsider their decision when they see how many people feel strongly about the need for improvements.

Mercury editor Eileen Green said: “We’ve had wonderful support for the campaign and I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to send in a coupon or e-mail us.

“I really feel strongly that the changes need to be made before further crashes and potentially fatal accidents occur.

“I just hope the council listens to our calls and makes the right decision.”

Since 2006, there have been 12 accidents, including six serious collisions, at the junction.

The latest accident happened on April 11 when a driver was taken to Peterborough City Hospital following a collision between a van and a car.

As well as our campaign, a villagers’ petition was also set up by Sue Sharpe, of The Cresent, Easton-on-the-Hill.

More than 300 people signed the petitions in Collyweston and Easton-on-the-Hill.

Sue, 52, said: “I want to say thank you for everyone who has shown their support to the campaign. I really hope the council takes one more look at the site and changes its mind.

“It’s a daily problem for everyone in the village and I fear that there will be a fatal accident if nothing changes.”