Accident victim supports our call for improvements to junction

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A MAN who was left badly injured when he was knocked off his motorbike at a dangerous junction has blasted a council’s decision not to improve safety measures there.

Brian Hodgson, 73, from Casewick Lane, Uffington, is supporting our campaign to install a “Stop” sign at the junction of the A1 south sliproad and the A43 near Wothorpe and a 40mph speed limit for vehicles approaching the junction, but cannot understand why the Peterborough City Council has refused to act upon our calls.

Mr Hodgson was travelling from Easton-on-the-Hill to Stamford along the A43 about 30 years ago when a lorry coming off the A1 collided into him.

He was left with a number of injuries and said he was lucky to survive. An ambulance had been nearby at the time.

Mr Hodgson has not ridden a motorbike since the accident and said it could possibly have been avoided had a “Stop” sign been up instead of the current “Give Way” sign.

Mr Hodgson said: “I can’t understand why there should be any objection to a ‘Stop’ sign. A lot of people think one is necessary and I really can’t see why the council wouldn’t agree.

“It can only be a benefit and cannot cause any problems at all.

“I was lucky to survive when a large lorry coming off the A1 pulled out and knocked me off my bike.

“I knew remarkably very little about it when I woke up in the back of an ambulance. It took me completely by surprise. I’ve not ridden a bike since because I wouldn’t want the same problem again.

“I think if there had been a ‘Stop’ sign, the lorry might have stopped and had a much better chance of seeing me, and the accident would probably have been avoided.”

Peterborough City Council decided that the changes were not needed following an inspection of the site two weeks ago.

Members of the council’s highways team and officers from Cambridgeshire Constabulary say that a stop sign is not necessary because visibility of the road is clear enough at the sliproad and that the speed limit will not be reduced because on average motorists travel much lower than the current 60mph limit.

Despite this, we are not giving up the fight while our campaign continues to gather support from readers.

A villagers’ petition, which has been organised by Sue Sharpe, of Easton-on-the-Hill, has gathered 300 signatures and will also continue to run.

Louise Mensch MP for Corby and East Northamptonshire, in which the villages of Collyweston and Easton-on-the-Hill fall, has voiced her backing for the campaign.

She said: “I’m behind the campaign to get a stop sign and speed limit introduced and I back the residents in my constituency who have supported the campaign and set up their own petition.

“I would support any changes that increase road safety and the council should adhere to the calls.”