Parish to take action over New River Bank junction

Jack Ure

Jack Ure - Credit: Archant

URGENT action is being taken to address the increasingly dangerous New River Bank junction in Littleport.

Christie Couzens

Christie Couzens - Credit: Archant

Since the beginning of May, two people have died in separate accidents on the road and, on Thursday, two people were taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge following another smash.

In response to rising concern from parishioners, Littleport Parish Council has formed a special working party to come up with ideas of how to improve the road and its junction with Sandhill.

Chairman of the council, Cllr Diane Boyd, said: “It is an urgent issue so we have to make sure the right decisions are made to make the junction safer for everybody.

“There has been a lot more vehicles using the road in recent years and there certainly speed and visibility are issues.

“The working party has already considered a number of options; one of those was traffic lights and another was installing signs to restrict the speed. It was also agreed to look at the visibility of the junction.

“These are all proposals that need to be discussed and the working party will report back to the next meeting of the parish council in the third week of August.”

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Motorcyclist Christie Couzens, 22, was killed while riding on New River Bank in May, while in late June, 18-year-old Jack Ure died in a three-vehicle collision.

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