Road sign and posts smashed down in lorry hit and run

Damage to posts in junction between Thunder Lane and Hillcrest Road

Damage to the post and road signs in the junction between Thunder Lane and Hillcrest Road in Norwich have been caused by a Whistl driver. - Credit: Submitted

An exasperated homeowner has begged drivers to be more careful after seeing posts and road signs outside his house reduced to rubble on a regular basis.

Steven Ford lives on the junction of Thunder Lane and Hillcrest Road and over the years has battled reckless drivers mounting the curb and smacking into the safety structures near his home.

The latest incident saw a courier driver crash into the posts - leaving debris strewn across the junction directly outside his front door.

Steven Ford, who lives opposite the Thunder Lane junction with damage to posts done previously and more recently.

Steven Ford, who lives opposite the Thunder Lane junction in Norwich, Norfolk, pictured with both previous damage and in the background the incident which occurred with a courier lorry. - Credit: Steven Ford

Mr Ford said: "The posts get repeatedly knocked down and from my experience no one ever seems to stop.

"The ones outside my house seem to get knocked down more than others.

"They were originally put in as part of a traffic-calming scheme but it doesn't seem to have worked."

Damage done to the posts at the Thunder Lane junction with debris left by the lorry.

Damage done to the posts at the Thunder Lane junction with debris left by the lorry. - Credit: Adam Taylor

Adam Taylor, who lives nearby and witnessed the accident first-hand, said: "I was coming up Thunder Lane and saw a lorry reversing.

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"As he drove off he hit the post and ripped it out of the ground entirely.

"Panels fell off his vehicle but he just left them behind - he just kept driving.

"He seemed more concerned about finding where his next delivery was as opposed to the damage he had caused to the area."

A spokesman for the courier service the lorry belonged to, Whistl, said: "We are questioning the driver and seeking clarification as to what happened so that appropriate action can be taken.”

Mr Ford is also worried this particular issue may get even worse with the proposed Pinebanks development pushing more traffic to the junction.

Councillor Ian Mackie says the Pinebanks development is "totally unsustainable".

Councillor Ian Mackie says the Pinebanks development is "totally unsustainable" in the wake of new damage which occurred at the Thunder Lane junction. - Credit: Ian Mackie

Ian Mackie, Conservative county councillor for the area, said: “It’s very disappointing to see such damage yet again, this is an incredibly busy junction and many drivers approach it well over the speed limit. 

"Local people and I are therefore very concerned about the impact the proposals for the former Pinebanks site could have in compounding the problem..

"I urge people to email their thoughts on the proposals to Broadland District Council as soon as possible.”