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Appeal to change Beggar's Bush Lane/Broadgate junction in Weston after two-vehicle crash




Fresh calls to modify a four-way road junction in Weston have been made after a two-car collision there at the weekend.

One person was taken to hospital after a Vauxhall Astra and a Volkswagen Golf were in collision just after 8.50am on Sunday.

A plan to stop vehicles joining Broadgate from High Road, Weston, was agreed between Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership (LRSP) and Weston Parish Council last summer.

URGENT ACTION: The Beggar's Bush Lane/Broadgate junction in Weston where a collision took place on Sunday.Photo: 030718126SG
URGENT ACTION: The Beggar's Bush Lane/Broadgate junction in Weston where a collision took place on Sunday.Photo: 030718126SG

Coun Chris Dicks, parish council vice chairman, said: "The agreed solution was to prevent vehicles from using the Beggar's Bush Lane/Broadgate junction when travelling from High Road, but to allow all vehicles access to Broadgate, via West Cob Gate, Broadgate and Beggar's Bush Lane, when travelling from Weston Hills.

"Unfortunately, there have been some stumbling blocks with regards to alternative access for farmers using land next to this junction and delays in tracing landowners.

"Many residents are fearful of this junction and will not use it as long as it's a 60mph area.

Coun Chris Dicks, Weston Parish Council's vice chairman.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-250918-005TW
Coun Chris Dicks, Weston Parish Council's vice chairman.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-250918-005TW

"This is because drivers could find themselves having a reduced view of the junction, because of the speed and angle they are taking, and with a hedge at the side of the road as well, it's a recipe for disaster."

According to the roadcrash.co.uk website, 12 collisions took place at the junction in 2017 alone, including four serious accidents which resulted in a total of seven casualties.

Coun Dicks confirmed that the junction's safety was likely to be discussed during an annual parish meeting at Weston Hills Village Hall on Monday at 7.30pm.

Speaking to the Spalding Guardian in July 2018, LRSP spokesman John Siddle said: "We do have some outline plans for the junction and there have been a number of proposals to deal with it."

John Siddle, of Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership.Photo supplied.
John Siddle, of Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership.Photo supplied.

But Coun Dicks said: "The problem at this junction is caused by poor visibility for vehicles exiting Broadgate across this four-way junction.

"There have been numerous collisions at this junction since I moved here in 2015 and I have lobbied both Lincolnshire County Council's highways department and LRSP for a solution before a fatal accident occurs.

"What's the harm in either the speed limit to 40mph or blocking off Broadgate altogether?"


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