Campaigners battling to improve a dangerous Norwich roundabout will take their fight to county councillors today.

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A petition, which has gathered 735 signatures, will be put before the Norfolk County Council’s cabinet calling for a pedestrian crossing at the roundabout on Dereham Road and Guardian Road.

In April, the Evening News reported how there had been 22 accidents causing injury at the junction in the seven years since a nine-year-old girl first called for a crossing so that she could walk to school safely.

Megan Smith, from Hellesdon Road, launched a campaign in the Evening News to improve the junction and in April her brother Darcy, aged nine, revived the call.

Darcy’s mother Rachel Smith said: “It is time they took notice. There are a lot of pedestrian crossings around the ring road. I don’t understand why there is not one here. You just feel really vulnerable.”

On August 5, a driver was injured at the junction in a crash between a Toyota Corolla and a Mini Cooper.

The landlord of the Gate House pub on Dereham Road, John Gates, who has gathered signatures for the petition, added: “We need it for safety, because, especially in the morning, nothing stops for the pedestrians.

“How they don’t get knocked over I don’t know.”

Wensum Green Party councillor Neil Blunt, who helped organise the petition said he had lost count of the stories he had heard about near misses at the roundabout.

“There is a real fear that only a fatality will make the council sit up and take notice,” he said. “Let’s hope this petition wakes them up before that happens.”

The signatures will be presented to cabinet by Ian Boreham who lives on Olive Road in Costessey.

He said: “Pedestrians are frightened to cross on foot; cyclists feel unsafe; motorists are unhappy.

“This has been one of the most talked about issues around here for years and it’s high time something was done.”

Work has begun on Dereham Road as part of the city’s rapid bus transit scheme, and a spokesman for the county council said improvements would be made at the junction as part of that, although a timescale could not be given.

A spokesman for the city council said: “We welcome and will always consider people’s views on what is important to them.

“As with all local authorities, however, expert decisions about which improvements and developments have to be carefully balanced, making sure schemes which will have the most impact and or bring the most wide-reaching benefits are prioritised.”

6 comments

  • Cajun, shirley you mean "When did it become unsafe to cross the roadway at a roundabout."....Take a browse at the highway code, then report back to me for six of the best....spotty oinks never do themselves favors in this modern media instant world.

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    nrg

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • @Cajun. Thats sort of the point, there is no properly marked crossing without taking a significant detour.

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    Crazy

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

  • crazy, someone did get k*lled at the roundabout...in fact 2. First one was an old boy pushing his cycle across, flattened like a pancake by an HGV, 2nd one was a passenger of a sport's car that crashed into a tree. Both councils, Norfolk and Norwich will never address the lack of safe crossing at this roundabout...the stupid bus lane would be slowed down and saving lives always comes low down on their agenda.

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    nrg

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • Unfortunately, it will take someone getting killed before the council take this seriously. The council would rather waste millions on widening roads than making the public safe.

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    Crazy

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • When did it become safe to cross the roadway at a roundabout??? Go to a properly marked crossing and cross there!! The vehicles in the roundabout have much to worry about with cars crossing over into the wrong lanes; making 'left turns' from the middle and inside lanes... Teach your youth 'common sense'; not playing a game of tag with cars who have more to be aware of than someone wanting to commit suicide by being in a roundabout.

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    Cajun

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • Cajun, shirley you mean "When did it become unsafe to cross the roadway at a roundabout."....Take a browse at the highway code, then report back to me for six of the best....spotty oinks never do themselves favors in this modern media instant world,

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    nrg

    Monday, October 8, 2012

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