Probe after cyclist hurt on Norfolk new road crash

Kate ScotterInvestigations have been launched after a cyclist was involved in a crash with a double decker bus in a new road and left with serious leg injuries.Kate Scotter

Investigations have been launched after a cyclist was involved in a crash with a double decker bus in a new road and left with serious leg injuries.

The accident took place at the car park behind Wallace King Interiors at Anglia Square, Norwich, at about 9.20am yesterday.

Screams could be heard as the First bus collided with the cyclist, which left the woman, in her forties, with 'limb threatening' injuries.

At the scene, the blue and white push bike could be seen trapped underneath the front of the number 26 bus. The front glass of the bus was also smashed.

Police and fire crews were at the scene and the East Anglian Air Ambulance was flown in and landed across the road in a car park in Esdelle Street.

Paramedics helped treat the woman at the side of the road before she was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital by ambulance.

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Meanwhile, the female bus driver was treated for shock.

The road where the accident took place is a new link road, part of the St Augustine's gyratory system, which is designed to link Edward Street and Pitt Street.

At the moment, the currently unnamed new road is being used as a two-way stretch temporarily. When the gyratory system is up and running it will be one way.

Concerns had been raised about confusion caused in the area while the road works take place.

Stuart McLaren, secretary of the St Augustine's Community Together Residents' Association, said: 'I was concerned, and did express this to councillors, about pedestrian safety there. There doesn't appear to be any warning for drivers that there is an uncontrolled crossing and nothing to warn pedestrians that there's traffic moving in both directions.'

Philip Sandell, manager at Wallace King, said the area was 'very dicey' at the moment.

He said: 'The whole area is quite chaotic at the moment although we all know that it will be beneficial in the long run.

'I didn't see the accident myself but I heard the bang and could see the woman laying on the floor.'

The stretch of road is part of the �3.3m project to create a new one way system around St Augustine's Street.

Once complete, the scheme will make St Augustine's Street one way northbound and then the new link road between Edward Street and Pitt Street will provide a southbound route, via Magpie Road, for traffic heading towards the inner ring road and the city centre.

Chelsea de Silva, revenue and marketing manager for First, said: 'We are aware of the accident that took place this morning at Anglia Square in Norwich involving a cyclist and our service 26 bus.

'We are carrying out our own investigations and we are fully cooperating with the Police. We wish the cyclist a full and quick recovery.'

A Norfolk County Council spokesman said: 'We are very concerned to hear about this accident. Safety is always our first concern at roadworks and we are anxious to find out what happened.'