New £4.36m roundabout could replace dangerous A140 crossroads
PUBLISHED: 16:22 01 March 2018
A new roundabout could replace a series of staggered crossroads which have become an accident blackspot on a major road between Norwich and Ipswich.
Norfolk County Council has launched a public consultation on its plan to build the £4.36m roundabout on the A140 at Long Stratton, which it believes would improve road safety.
Hempnall crossroads has a poor accident record, with 10 accidents in the last five years - causing 13 casualties from traffic turning in and out of side roads.
The council believes the replacement roundabout there would eliminate this issue, while the Department for Transport has awarded the authority 70pc towards the cost.
Alison Thomas, who has represented Hempnall as part of Long Stratton division on Norfolk County Council for the last nine years, said: “It’s been an encouraging few months for people living off the A140 in South Norfolk.
“After winning funding for this roundabout to replace the Hempnall crossroads, we’ve recently had the news about the submission of a planning application that includes creating a bypass for Long Stratton.
“I have been campaigning for these improvements for many years, so it’s great to see progress being made on both of them.
“I know there’s a lot of interest in these projects so I hope people take the opportunity to find out more about the new roundabout and give us their feedback through the consultation.”
Last week it was announced that plans for 1,875 new homes could unlock the long-awaited bypass around Long Stratton.
Two planning applications from Norfolk Homes, submitted to South Norfolk Council, outline an ambitious scheme which would see a new bypass, campaigned for since the 1930s, finally achieved.
People can respond to the consultation on the proposed Hempnall roundabout by filling in a short questionnaire online at Norfolk.gov.uk/hempnallcrossroads before midnight on Tuesday, April 10.
Subject to gaining planning permission, construction of the roundabout is expected to start no later than autumn 2019 and open by early summer 2020.
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