Junction where biker died is so dangerous it should be closed, says parish council

A47 junction with Market Lane, Blundseton scene of a fatal road traffic collision.
Picture: Nick B

A47 junction with Market Lane, Blundseton scene of a fatal road traffic collision. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

A junction where a 37-year-old motorcyclist was killed is so dangerous it should permanently be closed, a parish council has said.

A47 junction with Market Lane, Blundseton scene of a fatal road traffic collision.
Picture: Nick B

A47 junction with Market Lane, Blundseton scene of a fatal road traffic collision. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

The A47/Market Lane junction near Lowestoft, which provides a turning towards Blundeston, is one of a handful of access points to the village.

But Blundeston and Flixton Parish Council feels it can do without, due to concerns over its safety after a biker died in in August.

At a meeting attended by Waveney MP Peter Aldous, councillors made it clear they felt its closure would be the best way to prevent further incident.

Graham Wade, parish council chairman, said: 'We feel we are forever having problems with accidents on that road, so feel closing it would be a good way to eliminate that.

A47 junction with Market Lane, Blundseton scene of a fatal road traffic collision.
Picture: Nick B

A47 junction with Market Lane, Blundseton scene of a fatal road traffic collision. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher


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'There are two roundabouts people can use to access the town, so I don't think closing it would have a big impact on traffic elsewhere at all.'

Concerns were also raised about the junction's visibility, claiming the positioning of road signs and unkept grass verges make it difficult for motorists tempting to enter to A47 to see out of it.

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Mr Wade added: 'As a council, it is not a decision we can make ourselves - but feel it is something that should be looked at.

'You hear about accidents, but near misses happen on a daily basis which you don't hear about.'

A47 junction with Market Lane, Blundseton scene of a fatal road traffic collision.
Picture: Nick B

A47 junction with Market Lane, Blundseton scene of a fatal road traffic collision. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Mr Aldous has relayed the council's concerns about the junction to Highways England, the body responsible for the A47.

He said: 'The parish council are the ones who are best placed to monitor problems on the junction, so I am happy to be guided by their recommendations.

'I contacted Highways England regarding the request and have been told they will take it into consideration.

'They said when there has been a tragedy like this there will be police investigations carried out, which will inform any decision they make.'

Mr Aldous added Highways England would also need to assess whether closing the junction would create issues on surrounding roads before any decision can be made.

He was also told the grass verges would be maintained by the end of November.

Highways England has been approached for comment.

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