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Work promised on one-way blind spot

Created on 27/05/2011 @ 16:17


Planners have promised to address a troubled ‘blind spot’ on the one-way system after one woman claimed she was nearly killed there this week.
Cheryl Wittingham says she had a close call with her husband when a speeding car came whizzing up the one-way from Broad Street and sped into Jehu Road where there is a public crossing just yards from the corner.
“To be honest if we had been a few seconds later we would have been knocked over by a couple of young lads who seemed to think the road was a race way!” she said. “Someone is going to be killed on this little stretch of road unless something is done.
“That crossing is used by elderly and disabled people who live in the housing across from Sainsburys. My mother is registered disabled and every time I cross the road there with her I am terrified. In fact it has become so bad my husband actually stands on the corner by Andrews Chip Shop and tells us when it is all clear!”
But there appears to be some good news coming. Town Clerk Robert Robinson said the junction has been flagged up and something is expected to be done in the coming weeks.
“I am not 100 per cent sure but I think the plan is to move the crossing right onto the junction so people can see the cars and vice versa,” he said. “We have pushed for something to be done and the developers have listened.”
There is also an application in to turn the one-way into a 20mph speed area in a bid to clamp down on speeders.
Meanwhile, the panic to finish the resurfacing work on Broad Street in time for Bank Holiday and Monday’s Carnival is over. Workers have put the finishing touches to the project today and the road is flowing nicely with two lanes open.
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