Stowmarket: Councillor John Matthissen calls for “accident blackspot” signs in Combs Lane

A DISTRICT councillor wants “accident blackspot” warning signs erected on a road on which there have been three serious accidents in less than a year.

John Matthissen has road safety concerns over Combs Lane, near Stowmarket, and has contacted Suffolk police to find out more about the accidents.

The accidents happened last October, in July this year and last month.

On September 24, a woman was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, after a collision involving a Ford Transit and a Citroen Xsara.

“A constituent has suggested that there is a problem with the camber of Combs Lane in that vicinity, and I am inclined to agree,” Mr Matthissen, councillor for Onehouse, said. “Speeds are at times excessive, but that does not explain the concentration at the single point.”

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He added that there had also been a minor accident on September 26.

A Suffolk County Council spokeswoman said: “We have assessed the road and resurfacing works have been scheduled for Wednesday, October 31.

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“In the meantime, warning signs have been put in place to advise drivers to take extra care when using the road.”

Pc Stefan Henriksen, of the Stowmarket Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “We are aware of complaints from local residents about speeding along Combs Lane.

The team will be conducting pro-active speed checks and making use of the Speed Indicator Device to assess the problem.”

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