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Crowland's death junction to have new trial safety steps next year




Changes will be trialled next year in a bid to make a notorious junction in Crowland safer.

The step follows a string of accidents at the junction with the A16 and Hull's Drove, the B1166.

Four people have been killed near the spot in nine years.

The county council says temporary, water-filled barriers will be installed to stop some manoeuvres and reduce the chances of a collision.

A two-vehicle injury accident there on October 9 prompted driver Patricia Linkson, from Shepeau Stow, to call for a fresh look at the road layout and also a speed reduction from 60mph to 40mph on the A16.

She said: "It's an horrendous junction - with so many crossovers to do you have got to have eyes in the back of your head."

Coun Richard Davies, executive member for highways, said: "We were sorry to hear about this incident, and our thoughts are with the motorists and their families.

"We're aware of the number of collisions at the junction, and have taken steps to address this.

"As speed has been a factor in many of these collisions, we've already installed average speed cameras and reactive signs.

"While we understand the calls for a roundabout, there is currently no funding available for such an expensive project.

"However, we are planning to trial changes at the junction, which would see temporary water-filled barriers installed.

"These would stop vehicles from crossing from Hull's Drove to James Road and vice versa, greatly reducing the chances of a collision. In addition, traffic travelling southbound on the A16 would not be able to turn into James Road.

"We expect these changes to be introduced early next year. In the meantime, we would encourage motorists to take extra care when navigating the junction."

* A coroner has also criticised the junction as dangerous, horrendous and confusing.

Only last month Lincolnshire County Council responded by saying nothing was likely to happen at the danger spot in the near future.

What do you think? Please email your view of the crossing - and the planned trial - to lynne.harrison@iliffepublishing.co.uk



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