‘It was scary and traumatic’ - Driver calls for better lighting on NDR after crashing on roundabout
- Credit: PAUL JARRETT
An experienced driver is calling for improved lighting on a new roundabout after crashing late at night.
Paul Jarrett, 31, from Hurd Road in Norwich, was driving on the Broadland Northway - previously known as the Northern Distributor Road (NDR) - at around 10.30pm on August 6 when the accident happened.
The Asda driver was returning to Norwich from a day out in Wells with his wife and two friends when his car ended up going over the NDR roundabout at Horsford and hitting a sign.
It was the first time he had used the new road but he said he was driving between 55mph and 60mph and weather conditions were good.
No-one was injured and there were no other vehicles on the roundabout, but Mr Jarrett's Ford Focus was written off.
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Mr Jarrett, who has a seven-year-old son, said: 'The roundabout wasn't lit up. Before I knew it I was on the roundabout. I was unable to stop. There was no lighting on at all. It was horrendous.
'It was the first time I have been on the NDR but will probably be my last.
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'It was scary and traumatic. Luckily we were all OK.
'I accept the accident was my fault but some adequate lighting on the roundabout should be provided.'
He added that plenty of people stopped to check they were safe.
As well as the front left hand side of his Ford Focus being badly damaged, the accident caused the windscreen to be smashed and all four wheels to burst.
A Norfolk County Council spokesman said: 'All the roundabouts have been designed to national standards and have been through a three stage Safety Audit process with the third stage carried out after opening, both in daylight and at night time.
'These audits are carried out by independent road safety experts and usually include a police representative. These audits did not pick up any significant issues with the roundabouts.
'Some people have suggested lighting may help drivers but there are no plans to install lighting along the route, as illuminated signs are already in place.'
The council published a report into the £205m road last month which revealed that drivers going too fast, rather than roundabout design, were the reason for a number of crashes on the NDR.