April 19 2014 Latest news:
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Calls have been made for urgent improvements to a section of the A140 to prevent a repeat of a collision which resulted in the death of a Wymondham man.
Eye town councillor Andrew Evitt said he wanted a roundabout to be created at the junction of the B1077 with the A140 close to the Devils Handbasin garage to prevent a repeat of accidents on that road, such as the crash on February 7 which killed grandfather-of-five Allan Kerrigan, 62.
Former Norwich publican Mr Kerrigan had been travelling back from London, where he had been giving health and safety training, to his Edwin Close home when his Toyota Corolla was involved in a crash with a silver BMW and a lorry at Stuston, shortly after the B1077 junction.
Mr Evitt believed motorists found it hard to pull out of the B1077 junction on to the A140 because traffic coming along the A140 was passing slowly at that point, due to speed restrictions.
He said therefore drivers were more likely to take risks to get on to the A140, creating the increased likelihood of an accident.
He added: “You get a mile or two miles of constant traffic. What happens is you get people desperate to get across the A140, but can’t because the traffic is slow.”
He believed improvements could also be made to the road itself to help to improve traffic flows, adding that he was familiar with the road having used it almost every day for 30 years to get to work in Norwich.
South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon urged drivers to take care, especially on rural roads as motorists tend to drive with more care in urban areas.
He said there were twice the number of traffic accident deaths on rural roads compared to urban.
“My personal view is that in the long term we will have to look at dualling stretches of the A140 because this is a major artery road between the capitals of Norfolk and Suffolk and we will need a major road network between those two centres.
“But I don’t want to mislead anyone into thinking it will be a high priority because we are already dealing with the A11 and A47 so in the meantime drivers will have to think about how they drive on that road,” Mr Bacon added.
Mr Kerrigan, who was the former landlord of the Queens Arms and Plasterers Arms, was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision outside Crabtree Farm at 4.30pm.
The BMW driver, a 23-year-old man from the Diss area, was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s hospital in Cambridge where he was in a critical but stable condition on Tuesday morning.
An investigation into the crash is underway and police are asking anyone who may have seen the incident to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Team at Suffolk Police by dialling 101.
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