Call for urgent action to solve problem Norwich junction

Chris Riches and Kathi Ritchie have launched a campaign for improvements to lights at the Long John Hill junction with Barrett Road after a series of crashes at the weekend. Photo: Bill Smith Chris Riches and Kathi Ritchie have launched a campaign for improvements to lights at the Long John Hill junction with Barrett Road after a series of crashes at the weekend. Photo: Bill Smith

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
11:42 AM

A plea has been made for urgent action to improve safety at a Norwich accident blackspot amid fears a child could be injured or worse.

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Accident at the ring road junction of Long John Hill and Barrett Road. Picture: Cut Lakenham Accidents NowAccident at the ring road junction of Long John Hill and Barrett Road. Picture: Cut Lakenham Accidents Now

Within hours of two crashes at Long John Hill traffic lights in Lakenham over the weekend, residents had started the group Cut Lakenham Accidents Now on social networking site Facebook, appealing for improvements to prevent a repeat of the collisions, which left a little girl needing treatment for shock and caused significant damage to at least one car.

Kathi Ritchie, 42, who set up the group with her husband Chris Riches, 45, said she wanted warning signs to be erected next to the lights, at the junction with Barrett Road, warning motorists of the danger of a potential accident.

Photos: Second crash on Norwich’s Long John Hill in space of less than 24 hours

Accident at the ring road junction of Long John Hill and Barrett Road. Picture: Cut Lakenham Accidents NowAccident at the ring road junction of Long John Hill and Barrett Road. Picture: Cut Lakenham Accidents Now

Since being opened, more than 230 people have ‘liked’ the Facebook group and photos of the accidents have attracted 1,500 hits.

Mrs Ritchie, who lives with her husband close to the junction in Long John Hill, feared for the safety of children attending the nearby Hewett, Lakenham primary and Cavell primary schools who could be injured in an accident while going to school.

She said: “It is horrible because you hear the crash and look out and sure enough there has been an accident. It has become almost routine now.

“The girl looked quite shaken up, she looked so frightened and I thought that could have been my son. My son has written to Simon Wright MP to ask him to look at this junction. Something needs to be done.”

She said the main problem was traffic coming from the County Hall direction in Barrett Road which needed to turn right at the lights to get in to Long John Hill.

Motorists performing this maneouvre were often unaware vehicles coming down Barrett Road from the opposite direction and carrying straight on were not being stopped by the lights, creating the risk of collision as the car turning right crossed in front.

Mrs Ritchie, who also lives with son Reuben Ritchie, 13 and step-children Heydon Riches, 10 and Jack Riches, 12, added the situation was made more confusing by the fact that drivers coming down Barrett Road who wanted to turn right were being stopped at the lights, making it hard to tell which vehicles were still coming and which were stopping.

On Saturday, emergency services were first called to deal with a two vehicle crash in Long John Hill just after 4.30pm that blocked the road near the junction with Huxley Road.

Then on Sunday, firefighters, police and an ambulance were called to a two car crash at the junction with Barrett Road just after 1.30pm.

Norfolk County Council spokesman John Birchall said in the last three years there had been three slight injury accidents involving traffic coming down the hill on Barrett Road and ‘right turners’ in to Long John Hill.

He added: “This accident record is not particularly high, but in the light of recent incidents we are going to investigate further.

“In the first instance, Siemens, our traffic lights contractor, will check the alignment of signal heads and to ensure the operation of the signals is as it should be.”

12 comments

  • Its not a case of a couple of minor traffic shunts, This has always been a dodgy junction, people will always jumps lights, Barrett Road is like a race track sometimes

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    Derek McDonald

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • I read with interest all the comments on many topics and feel the need to comment on this 1,Cast a thought to the planning moorons who are allowing 2 more supermarkets to go ahead within a mile of this always troubled junction whatever will this situation be like then?,my guess to the upcoming traffic here will be horrendous.I suppose as long as revenue will be coming their way there thoughts to safety of concerns of local tax paying residents amount to 0!.

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    NR1`EY

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • Wow, John Cena posting here! Sorry you didn't win at the RR on Sunday.

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    Whiley Boy

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • Come on Archant sort these pages out, Whiley Boys entry listed 3 times, its the same on most comment pages

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    Derek McDonald

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • I think it is a case of a no win situation Drivers are intent on running red lights everywhere even cyclists do it to ,

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    Johncena

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • Apologies about that, if there was a delete function (idea for you there), then I would remove two the three.

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    Whiley Boy

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • Wow, John Cena posting here! Sorry you didn't win at the RR on Sunday.

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    Whiley Boy

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • ..... and why has my posting been removed?

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    Norfolk John

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • It's not been made clear in the story, there was no jumping of lights of racing to squeeze in a gap. The accidents are mainly due to there being no additional light for those turning right whereas in the opposite direction there is. If you are new to the area and see a car stopped at the lights to turn right in the opposite direction you could then be mislead into thinking their whole side is stopped on a red light, not realising that they have their own light for turning (green arrow). That is the only side that has an extra light (green arrow) for turning all the other ones are just one light.

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    doublebubble009

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • Wow, John Cena posting here! Sorry you didn't win at the RR on Sunday.

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    Whiley Boy

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • Nothing wrong with the junction, only the drivers of the cars that get hit. If i am turning right across the traffic, i never assume that oncoming cars will stop. I wait until they have stopped, its an easy way to avoid being T boned.

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    DaveG

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • Didn't know it was acceptable to pull out in front of other vehicles travelling in the opposite direction because 'you think' there's a gap. If you're going to pull out, use the accelerator pedal and move!

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    NorthCity

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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