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Concerns raised over new roundabout in Aylsham after police reveal crash driver ‘didn’t know it was there’

PUBLISHED: 07:49 14 June 2017 | UPDATED: 18:45 14 June 2017

The new roundabout at Aylsham. Picture: DONNA-LOUISE BISHOP.

The new roundabout at Aylsham. Picture: DONNA-LOUISE BISHOP.

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Commuters are celebrating the much-awaited opening of a busy junction in Aylsham, despite concerns from residents that it has caused an increase in traffic accidents.

The Burgh Road junction off the new roundabout on the A140, on the outskirts of the market town, opened at the end of last month - a few days ahead of schedule.

And although commuters could finally breath a sigh of relief after enduring congestion problems for 10 months, residents were quick to highlight their concerns.

One resident, of Forster Way, who did not want to be named, said: “It’s a relief it’s finally open after all the work at the town end of the road from last summer to waiting for the roundabout to be open at the A140 - it’s been a long 10 months.

“To be able to have a choice of which way to leave the road I live in is great. You don’t realise how far extra you drive to get to where you need to get to.

“As for the roundabout, however, I feel it’s too small to be a two-lane roundabout, especially with the other roundabout only being one lane.”

The same resident said she had also heard from three different people who had do emergency stops while driving due to other road users not giving way from Cromer direction.

A spokesman for Aylsham Town Council said it was not aware of any problems with the roundabout and added: “The town council are obviously pleased the roundabout is there. It is a safe away to access the town and hopefully we will start to see some improvements.”

A spokesman from Norfolk police said they had been called out once to the area, since the junction reopened, on May 27 after a driver was involved in a minor accident.

He said: “We were called to a single vehicle road traffic collision. The driver said they didn’t know the new roundabout was there.”

Finally, a spokesman from the East of England Ambulance Services confirmed that they had not dispatched to any road traffic related incidents in that area since the junction opened.

The BP garage, and M&S store, are still under construction and are due to open at the end of next month.

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