Campaigner's pledge over speed signs

ROAD safety campaigners have warned they will not give up the fight for urgently needed secret speed signs to stop lorries travelling too fast at a notorious roundabout on the A14.

ROAD safety campaigners have warned they will not give up the fight for urgently needed secret speed signs to stop lorries travelling too fast at a notorious roundabout on the A14.

Felixstowe Town Council is disappointed that the Highways Agency has still not brought in flashing signs that are triggered when a vehicle is over the speed limit.

Felixstowe Port is backing proposals for the signs but the town council has been told that research is still being undertaken by the Highways Agency and there is no indication if and when signs will be erected at the dockspur roundabout.

Roger Chenery, A14 route manager with the Highways Agency, said: ''We have again asked the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) for advice about Vehicle Activated Signing. This is a complex and unique issue that requires very careful planning.


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''To date they have completed speed measurement analyses that will eventually determine the speeds at which the Vehicle Activated Signing will illuminate, the locations of the signs themselves and the associated detecting equipment.''

Last month some of the carriageway was resurfaced and road markings were revised. This month the Highways Agency has commissioned further improvements at the junction with Candlet Road after consultation with the county council.

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The Agency is continuing to consult with the TRL and other organisations about ''future small scale improvements'' to reduce the incidents of lorries overturning. Two years ago a motorist died when a lorry crushed his car as the vehicles were going round the roundabout.

The town council's finance and general purposes committee expressed disappointment that it has taken a long time for improvements to be made.

Chris Slemmings, chairman, said: ''We are still waiting for the secret signs and trust that he (Mr Chenery) will keep this matter under close supervision so that the safety of the road users and other residents is to the fore.''

Malcolm Minns, mayor, said: ''I pay tribute to the dock company for its persistence and good will in this matter.''

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