Car overturns on a notorious road between Ely and Little Downham

11:36 26 August 2014

A car overturns on the Ely to Little Downham road

A car overturns on the Ely to Little Downham road

Archant

A car overturned on a notorious stretch of road a month after residents called for action to step up safety.

The male driver of the white vehicle did not suffer serious injuries after his car ended up on its roof following the incident on the road that runs between Little Downham and Ely.

The latest incident on the B1411 happened at about 8am today (Tuesday 26).

A Cambridgeshire Police spokesman said: “We were called to a report of a car that had left the road and rolled into a ditch.

“The driver of the car was fine. He called us. It was a damage only incident. He was arranging for recovery of the vehicle.”

In July a van driver was injured after his vehicle skidded off the B1411 and ended up in a ditch.

Minutes later, ambulance and police had to attend to the driver of a Renault Clio which came off the road and ended up on its side not far from where the van left the road.

The incidents prompted an urgent call from residents to improve safety on the road.

In June Cambridgeshire County Council said the speed limit at the entrance to Little Downham would be cut in order to improve safety.

Little Downham Parish Council’s bid to cut the 40mph speed limit on an 800-metre stretch of the road, down to 30mph was accepted by the county council and is in the final stages of consultation.

The parish council said the move would protect homeowners in the area and make the entrance to the village much safer.

But Little Downham resident Ian Howarth, said more needed to be done.

“The corner which is of particular concern is adverse camber. The problem arises when bad weather and slippy roads make this corner treacherous, the speed limit is 60 mph and in good conditions this is a limit, but in bad weather even 30 mph is not safe.

“It is up to the driver to understand the conditions and drive accordingly, but of all the roads I have driven on, this is the most dangerous in bad weather.”

In December, Amanda Mays, from Cambridgeshire County Council, attended a public meeting where concern was expressed about the bends in the road and a perceived adverse camber, which residents suggested was contributing to accidents on the road.

At the end of the meeting, Ms Mays promised to see what was “achievable” within the council’s budget but, in a later report to the parish council, said the road was not an accident cluster site and all it needed was some extra road markings.

• Have you experienced problems driving on the B1411 bewteen Ely and Downham Market? What do you think needs doing to improve safety? Contact us by emailing kath.sansom@archant.co.uk

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