Campaign vow after A47 accident

The girlfriend of a cyclist seriously injured in a collision with a bus on the A47 vowed last night to campaign for the notorious stretch of road to be dualled.

The girlfriend of a cyclist seriously injured in a collision with a bus on the A47 vowed last night to campaign for the notorious stretch of road to be dualled.

Wymondham-based Semmence Coaches has suspended the driver of a bus involved in the collision with 40-year-old Jonathan Redgment on the A47 at Honingham, near Dereham, last Tuesday.

Last night, Julie Lumsden, 36, who is expecting a baby in April, said that Mr Redgment has just undergone a series of operations at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital to repair four breaks to his pelvis.

The former champion cyclist is in a stable condition - but Miss Lumsden spoke last night of his fear that he will be unable to play with his child or ride a cycle again.

Miss Lumsden, who lives in Honingham, added: "They are starting physiotherapy now, because he had spinal injuries and they hope he will be mobile again one day.

"But he is worried that he is not going to be able to help with our child. He is set to be in hospital for another two or three months and that's really scary, especially as this is my first child."

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She said that he was pleased that both the police and the coach company had launched an investigation into the accident.

Miss Lumsden said: "It's not that Jonathan wants anyone to be punished for anything that has happened, it's just a matter of stopping anything like this from happening again."

Semmence acting managing director Mark Green said that the driver involved had been suspended since the accident. "We are still trying to find out exactly what happened and we are awaiting more information from the police," he said.

"The driver involved has been suspended pending the outcome of our investigation.

"We are taking it very seriously. It is a highly unfortunate incident."

He said the empty bus had been travelling to pick up workers for Bernard Matthews when it was involved in the accident next to the Mattishall road junction.

Over the past six years, eight people have been killed or seriously injured on the A47 on the single-carriageway stretch around the junction.

Miss Lumsden and Mr Redgment are keen to join the campaign to dual the single-carriageway stretch of the A47 between Dereham and Norwich and want to see real changes to make the road safer.

Miss Lumsden said: "It really is like taking your life in your hands every day just by driving to work.

"Something has to be done about it and I know when Jonathan gets out of hospital we want to help make sure this doesn't happen to anyone else."

Anyone who saw the collision or who saw either the cyclist or the bus beforehand should contact PC Jason Walford at the central area road policing unit in Wymondham on 0845 456 4567.