Residents’ plea for 20mph zone at ‘one of the most dangerous’ sections of road in Bury

Bob and Fay Jones concerned about the safety at the junctions on Home Farm Lane and Hardwick Lane.'Picture Mark Westley ANL-151108-171150009
Bob and Fay Jones concerned about the safety at the junctions on Home Farm Lane and Hardwick Lane.'Picture Mark Westley ANL-151108-171150009
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Residents have called for a 20mph zone to be introduced at ‘one of the most dangerous’ sections of road in Bury St Edmunds.

Husband and wife Bob and Fay Jones say there is a ‘life endangering accident’ waiting to happen in Hardwick Lane at the junctions with Home Farm Lane, Wilks Road and Barons Road.

It follows an incident on Monday in which a trailer tipped over and spilled hay into Hardwick Lane after a collision involving bollards near the junction with Home Farm Lane.

Mr Jones, of Barons Road, said: “It is one of the most dangerous places in Bury - there’s a potential there for something very tragic to happen.

“Excessive speed of vehicles approaching from both directions is the main issue.”

He said motorists drive down Hardwick Lane and speed up as it is on a slope.

There is then a bend before the junction with Home Farm Lane and another into Wilks Road. Mr Jones added that they are concerned for the safety of people crossing near these junctions and has called for signs to warn drivers about the two bends.

They also think a 20mph zone should be established around the junction area upto the Cullum Road roundabout.

He said other residents have written to Suffolk County Council bosses about the issue. In April, council records showed there had been five collisions in the last five years at the junction area.

After the incident on Monday at the junction near Home Farm Lane, Borough and County Cllr Sarah Stamp said: “I have been contacted by residents with some safety concerns around this particular bend and junction and as a result have recently arranged for the road markings to be redone.

“However, this incident (whilst exceptional) does lead me to believe that more could be done to make the crossing safer, and I am particularly keen to explore clearer signage on this stretch of road and so will be pursuing this with the county council.

“I have offered to use my highways budget to get the necessary signage and look forward to their response.”

A spokesman for the county council said: “Our highways team has been made aware of the concerns raised by residents and has responded accordingly.

“On the basis of the collision data held for the past five years for this particular area it would be difficult to justify investment when there are other locations that have more significant issues.”