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Furious residents demand improvements to ‘terrible’ Norwich junction after deaf man knocked over by car

PUBLISHED: 16:07 09 August 2017 | UPDATED: 16:07 09 August 2017

Angela Gosse, manager of Rotary House for the deaf, at the King Street junction. Photo: Luke Powell

Angela Gosse, manager of Rotary House for the deaf, at the King Street junction. Photo: Luke Powell

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Furious residents are demanding improvements to a “terrible” city centre junction after a deaf man was knocked over and injured by a car.

The location of the accident on King Street. Photo: Archant. The location of the accident on King Street. Photo: Archant.

People living on King Street claim its junction with Alan Road and Koblenz Avenue was dangerous not only for pedestrians, but for cars and cyclists.

And following the accident on Tuesday morning, they have reiterated calls for safety improvements to be made.

Emergency services closed off the junction after a 60-year-old man was struck by a blue Ford C-Max as he attempted to cross at around 8.50am.

He suffered a broken ankle and dislocated shoulder, and was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital for further treatment.

The scene accident on Rouen Road in Norwich. Photo: Luke Powell The scene accident on Rouen Road in Norwich. Photo: Luke Powell

Angela Gosse, manager of the nearby Rotary House for the Deaf, where the man lived, said he had been on his way to the Norwich Deaf Centre when he was hit.

“I have been here for 23 years and the amount of accidents we have seen on that junction is ridiculous,” she said.

“We have received so many complaints from our Norwich clients about near misses, not just involving them, but other members of the public.

“It’s imperative we get some sort of crossing installed for vulnerable people that live this way.”

Police said the driver had stopped at the scene and was breathalysed, but the results came back negative. No one has been arrested.

Other residents on King Street added their voice to calls to improve the junction.

Lucy Alvarez, 57, said one issue was people not indicating when turning left to continue along King Street and up Rouen Road.

Meanwhile, Sarah French, a member of the King Street Neighbours residents’ association, said it was not just pedestrians at risk. She said: “If you are driving, you often have to cut through traffic [to turn right onto King Street] and hope that no one hits you.”

Miss French said there had been talk of a roundabout being installed, adding that it would be a better than traffic lights. “We don’t need more lights, as the ones on Carrow Road already cause horrendous queues,” she said.

Susan Steward, the group’s secretary, described the junction as “terrible”, adding that it was dangerous for cyclists using the national cycling route.

What the council had to say

Norwich City Council said it had already taken measures to reduce people’s speed around the junction - including introducing 20mph speed limits.

But it added that the junction was part of a wider review it was currently carrying out.

A spokesman said: “We’ve introduced a 20mph speed restriction on the section of King Street within the inner ring road along with a 20mph sign and a 20 roundel painted on the carriageway.

“Last year a crossing was introduced just round the corner on the other side of Carrow Bridge on the ring road itself.

“Figures for the last five years for this particular junction show it’s not a high-level accident spot.

“The county council is currently reviewing all junctions on the ring road to see if improvements are needed and this junction is included in that review.”

The council spokesman did not specify whether a roundabout at the junction was being considered.

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