Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 7°C

Search

Essex: Renewed calls for urgent A120 safety action

PUBLISHED: 16:48 22 September 2014 | UPDATED: 16:48 22 September 2014

How the A120 junction at Little Bromley/Little Bentley looked where drivers had to negotiate four lanes of traffic to cross the busy road, before improvements were made.

How the A120 junction at Little Bromley/Little Bentley looked where drivers had to negotiate four lanes of traffic to cross the busy road, before improvements were made.

Archant

Renewed calls have been made for urgent action to improve safety along the A120.

Rodney Bass, county councillor for highways and transportation, made the comments in of support of a letter from Tendring District Council (TDC) to the Highways Agency.

It follows a debate at a TDC meeting earlier this month raising concerns about delays to the installation of speed cameras and other safety measures along the road between Ramsey and Hare Green.

After the meeting district council leader Mick Page wrote to the Highways Agency’s senior network manager on September 15.

Mr Bass added his support in a letter to Mr Page, which said: “Speed cameras on this stretch of road are a necessity but, although promised, have still not been installed.

“Until measures are in place, this stretch of road continues to be at high risk of further serious accidents.

“I support the members of Tendring District Council in their ongoing campaign for increased safety on the A120.”

Witham MP Priti Patel added: “Throughout the A120 there are safety issues that need addressing. This road is a major economic artery connecting Harwich and Stansted, which needs upgrading to support road safety and economic development.

“Following the route-based strategy that the Highways Agency have put together, a timetable for action to implement improvements is now needed.”

The Highways Agency said in a statement released after the TDC meeting that the final phase of safety work is due to take place in late September or early October.

The region’s mental health trust has pledged to eradicate the use of out of area beds by 2021.

Essex has seen a dramatic rise in possession of weapons offences over the last 12 months - increasing by 50% on the year before, new figures reveal.

An Ipswich resident whose 
street was targeted by car vandals says she has found it hard to sleep through fear they will return.

A Suffolk benefit cheat who was overpaid £28,000 after failing to mention he jointly owned a property with his partner has been given a suspended prison sentence.

The jury in the trial of four men accused of murdering father-of-five Dean Stansby has been hearing how evidence was collected during the investigation.

Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore, and Chief Constable Gareth Wilson are staging a series of public meetings across the county through the coming months – and are encouraging Suffolk residents to attend.

Violent crime rose almost a third in Suffolk last year, according to latest figures.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24