YOUR LETTERS: Must more lives be lost on the A16?

Accident on the A16
Accident on the A16

I vowed not to write another letter concerning the death trap of a road or a lack of a roundabout on the A16 because I felt no-one was listening.

But after a frightening experience at the Old Radar crossroads on Friday night, I was forced to change my mind.

It was approximately 6pm, and there was a very heavy flow of traffic in both directions.

Coming off the Holbeach B1116, I waited for five minutes before managing to get into the middle of the road, where I sat waiting to turn towards Crowland.

I was unable to see if the road to my left was clear due to the sheer volume of traffic coming from Peterborough.

With cars also turning to go on to the Holbeach B1116, creating a blind spot, I sat for a further five minutes, stuck in the middle of the junction, unable to move.

Then, all of a sudden, a grey or silver Vauxhall Vectra appeared alongside my vehicle on the red part of the junction.

When it became reasonably safe to go over, the other driver, who had by this time lost any semblance of patience, decided to go at the same time as me.

This resulted in both of us heading on the same route. I had to brake to let him go first.

I managed to get over, just, but if I had been heading to Spalding, I don’t know what would have happened.

Basically, the other driver was prepared to take risks. I wasn’t.

Surely it is now time for the Highways Agency to start listening to road users.

I understand that you cannot stop idiot drivers taking their lives into their hands, but other drivers are being put at risk.

We have already lost lives at this junction and the A16 – must we wait for more fatalities before something is done?

Everyone knows it was not designed or built for this amount of traffic. Speed checks are not the answer.

Will someone up there, in their ivory towers, please listen before more lives are lost.

It would be nice to see both John Hayes and Gary Porter getting involved. I would certainly welcome their thoughts on this subject.