Safety concerns over pedestrian crossing

Mark Oliver, Paul Hopfensperger, Ernie Broom and Andrew Denny at the problem crossing ANL-161121-165819009
Mark Oliver, Paul Hopfensperger, Ernie Broom and Andrew Denny at the problem crossing ANL-161121-165819009
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Residents are renewing pleas for the council to rethink a busy junction in Bury St Edmunds amid safety concerns.

The Fornham Road/ Station Hill junction, near the Tesco Superstore’s back car park, has long attracted criticism over its close proximity to a zebra crossing.

Now residents have joined borough councillor Paul Hopfensperger to request that something is done about it.

Ernie Broom, chairman of the Howard Estate Association of Tenants and Residents, said: “Every meeting we have someone’s bringing up how dangerous it is.

“We had it again last week. A driver said he nearly hit a car coming out from the Station Hill side, turning left, because he was looking right to see traffic and the car in front stopped because there was someone on the crossing.

“Our concern is all the extra traffic we’ll get from the housing development – something’s bound to happen there.”

Mark Oliver, 47, said: “I think that whole crossing is a charge of manslaughter for law-abiding citizens waiting to happen.”

Andrew Denny said: “The crossing fails in every possible respect. It is dangerous for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, yet it still manages to cause major congestion. It needs urgent attention and absolutely must be resolved before the new housing development at Fornham is completed.”

A spokeswoman for Suffolk County Council said: “The junction has been through several safety audits during its design and installation and has been deemed safe. There have been no accidents recorded here over the last three years.

“The lines have been refreshed within the last year and in the light of feedback from local residents, the crossing will be kept under regular review.”