Drivers warned to respect temporary road signs after near-collisions on new A11

Motorists warned tot ake care at A11 crossing ANL-140521-132321001
Motorists warned tot ake care at A11 crossing ANL-140521-132321001
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Drivers using the new A11 have been warned to respect temporary signs after an increasing number of near collisions have resulted from drivers running red lights at a plant crossing.

Drivers using the new A11 have been told to take care and respect temporary signs and signals after an increasing number of near collisions.

The Highways Agency and Suffolk Police have issued the warning after occasions where road users have ignored the red traffic lights and driven through a crossing even though construction or farm vehicles were travelling across the A11 at the same time.

Geoff Chatfield, Highways Agency Project Manager for the scheme, said: “The safety of road users and of our construction team is our top priority. In recent weeks there has been an increase of vehicles running red lights. It is very concerning that people are willing to put themselves and others at risk of serious or fatal injury.

“These signs are there for a reason and our signal operators do ensure that delays to road users are kept to a minimum . So we ask drivers to be patient and wait for the few seconds it takes for lorries to pass and the lights to change back to green.”

Chief Inspector Chris Spinks of Suffolk Police, said: “Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit patrol this road in both marked and unmarked vehicles, drivers who commit this offence face prosecution and, if a collision occurs as a result of a red light contravention, then not only are these drivers risking serious injury but an offence that could amount to Dangerous Driving may be committed with serious consequences in terms of sentencing.”

The crossing in question is approximately half-way along the scheme which stretches from Fiveways roundabout in Barton Mills to Thetford.

It is the only crossing point currently on the scheme and is used as and when necessary.