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Petition calls for 'treacherous' A15 at Langtoft between Bourne and Market Deeping to be made safer

A petition calling for improvements to make the A15 safer through a village still needs another 700 signatures.

Former Langtoft parish councillor, Trish Garratt started a petition to Lincolnshire County Council after villagers in Langtoft agreed with her calls for the road to be made safer.

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The A15 crossroad in Langtoft. Photo: Google Maps
The A15 crossroad in Langtoft. Photo: Google Maps

The petition currently has about 1,300 signatures but Trish wants at least 2,000 before it is presented to the county council.

She said: “Over the last few years the traffic along the A15 has increased enormously as a result of additional housing, namely Elsea Park in Bourne.

“Crossing the A15 either by foot or by car has become treacherous.

“At peak times the time between vehicles is just over one second, making it impossible to cross the A15 without waiting for the pedestrian crossing or making a risky decision.

“There have been a number of serious accidents recently and many of the villagers have experienced near misses - even traffic jumping the red lights.

“As a parent you worry about your children crossing the A15 to catch the school bus or for those children walking to the primary school.

“A fewyears ago, my own son waited for the green man, stepped out and a car ran the red light but fortunately my husband managed to pull him back.

“At some point there will be a fatality, either on the pedestrian crossing or on the box junction.

“As villagers we are not prepared to wait for this to happen before something is done.

“After the latest accident I felt enough is enough, it’s becoming too dangerous and we need to be proactive - another family impacted.

“Additionally, with the proposed garage development on the A15 [at Market Deeping] the volume of traffic is only going to increase and therefore so is the probability of further accidents.

“Surely something can easily be implemented to reduce the risks - reduced speed, signage, phasing the lights at the crossing - anything to save lives.

“Many people will state driver error - and yes probably most of the accidents are, but these errors are exacerbated by the volume of traffic.

“We can’t keep stating ‘driver error’, we must do something to improve the road safety.

“We are not the only village on this stretch of road and are keen to engage with the other villages to present our collective concerns to LCC Highways.

“We need to do something to prevent further serious accidents or unfortunately, before somebody is killed.”

Trish added that shewas also looking for local businesses to keep a paper copy of the petition. To find out more e-mail trish.garratt@gmail.com or visit visit www,change.org.uk and search for ‘Langtoft’ to sign.

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