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Renewed fears over A143 junction flooding following collision

Lives are at risk until flooding problems at an Ixworth A143 junction are resolved, it is feared.

Renewed concerns over the Pakenham Road junction have been raised after an accident on Tuesday.

The East of England Ambulance Service sent an ambulance to reports of a collision at 5.40pm, with Suffolk Police also attending.

Flooding at the junction of Pakenham Road with the A143 at Ixworth (21536416)
Flooding at the junction of Pakenham Road with the A143 at Ixworth (21536416)

The two-vehicle collision involved a Peugeot 108 and Audi A7. No one was taken to hospital.

Last week, the Bury Free Press reported Thurston resident Graham Balaam’s concerns. The regular road user said flood water often spilled on to the A143 and he feared an accident would happen.

Suffolk Highways has urged motorists to drive according to the road conditions and to ‘take extra care in these sorts of locations’.

It said it was aware of the flooding issues and improvements were due to take place during 2020/21.

Ben Lord, Ixworth Parish Council chairman, said the junction officially fell just outside Ixworth, but was used by many residents.

“In this particular situation, boundary lines don’t play into it. This is an accident waiting to happen. We are now at the beginning of winter, it is only going to get worse over the next few months,” said Cllr Lord, adding the matter had been reported to the county council repeatedly, but it seemed unable to listen to ‘common sense’.

“People’s lives are being endangered – there is a huge black ice risk there,” said Cllr Lord.

“In this case, it is no good planning improvements for next year – that is putting a price on people’s safety.

“How long is it going to be before we lose a life on that junction? How many more accidents will there be?”

The concerns were reiterated on social media, with cyclist Ellie Green saying using the junction correctly was impossible when it was flooded.

Elizabeth Anne Lawson said residents had reported the ‘semi-permanent lake’ for more than three years.

“It’s been concluded nothing will happen until there is a death,” she said.

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