Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 13°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Thetford: Warning to drivers who jump temporary traffic lights along A11

07:45 23 May 2014

A11 Gibson

A11 Gibson's Plant crossing

Archant

Motorists are being urged to drive safely and respect temporary signs and signals along the A11 while a section of the road is being dualled.

shares

The Highways Agency and Suffolk police issued the plea following an increasing number of near misses at a temporary plant crossing on the stretch between the Fiveways roundabout and Thetford.

Road users have ignored red traffic lights and driven through the crossing despite construction and farm vehicles travelling across the A11 at the same time.

It is the only crossing point currently on the scheme and is used when necessary to allow the agency’s construction contractors safe access either side of the site.

Clearly signposted crossings of this type have been used on the A11 since the start of the scheme in January 2013 and so far, road users have respected them and stopped when they were in use. But Highways Agency project manager Geoff Chatfield said: “In recent weeks there has been an increase of vehicles running red lights. It is very concerning that people are willing to put themselves and others at risk of serious or fatal injury. We are asking drivers to be patient and wait for the few seconds it takes for lorries to pass and the lights to change back to green.”

Chief Inspector Chris Spinks said the road is patrolled regularly and drivers who jump the lights could face prosecution for dangerous driving if a collision occurs as a result of a red light contravention.

shares

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Five of the Ipswich drugs gang were jailed.

A professional organised crime group who dealt drugs in Ipswich were sentenced today.

Kaiser Chiefs play Newmarket this week. Photo: Danny North

Darren Lorking admits he was wrong write the Kaiser Chiefs off and enjoyed a ‘rock show’ performance at Newmarket Nights.

Christopher Randall (ls)

A 40-year-old man has been sent to prison after police found a video of him sexually abusing a child.

Police issued this  e-fit of an individual they would like to trace after an elderly woman was scammed out of a large amount of money in Ipswich.

An e-fit image of a man wanted after an elderly victim was conned into handing over a large sum of money has been released.

Battisford

A Suffolk man is set to remove more than 100 parrots from his land after an appeal to keep them was dismissed by the planning inspectorate.

Richard and Cathy Brown of Ipswich who won over £6million on the Lotto.

A decorator from Bury St Edmunds has scooped a major win on the EuroMillions after matching the five main numbers and one Lucky Star.

Travellers at Rougham Hill in Bury.

Travellers who set up a high-profile encampment in Kesgrave have now moved onto private land in Bury St Edmunds.

Kestutis Rakevicius

A Lithuanian lorry driver has been jailed after a chemical spill caused an eight-hour closure of a key road linking the A14 and A140 in Suffolk, costing the taxpayer £130,000.

Suffolk Dog Day, July 2015

Fire crews rescued a stuck dog from a building on the High Street earlier today.

Dominic Francis, 23, from Newham, stole two cars in Essex

A burglar has been jailed after being caught with the help of a tracker and a fizzy drink bottle.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages