Villagers call for action on A1120

VILLAGERS in rural Suffolk have called for action after witnessing yet another road crash this week.The second accident in as many months in Yoxford has sparked more calls for safety measures on the A1120 “tourist route”, between the A12 and A14.

VILLAGERS in rural Suffolk have called for action after witnessing yet another road crash this week.

The second accident in as many months in Yoxford has sparked more calls for safety measures on the A1120 “tourist route”, between the A12 and A14.

Residents said they were up of speeding vehicles and oversized lorries rat-running through their village, but no matter how many campaigns they set up, Suffolk County Council had failed to listen.

On Wednesday , villagers witnessed another road crash when a car and a lorry collided in Little Street during the school run between 8.30am and 8.50am.


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They now believe it is only a matter of time until there is a fatal accident.

Villager Fred Vintner said: “Luckily on this occasion no-one was seriously injured, although an ambulance was in attendance, but everyone in Yoxford is now wondering when the luck will run out and there will be a fatality.

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“We've got an education job to do here but the county council has no appetite to help this rural community.”

He said children were sometimes driven just 600 yards to school because it was the safer option.

Mr Vintner, together with his wife Gill, has written to the county council 40 times - but to no avail - and has produced a CD covering all the travel issues in Yoxford.

Jan Williams, headteacher at Yoxford Primary School, said: “Traffic still speeds through the village at extortionate speeds and it is quite dangerous for children especially along the narrow pavements and when crossing the road.”

At the start of the year, Mrs Williams had drawn up a School Travel Plan outlining the concerns which she sent to the county council.

She also tried to get two “20's plenty” signs put up outside the school but she said these still have not materialised.

Sandra Graffham, a spokesperson for Suffolk County Council, said: “It (the A1120) is one of our regular 'speed indicator display' zones and it hasn't been highlighted for speed - the problem is the lorries.

“We've got network routes specifically for lorries and we go into haulage companies to tell them these but if anyone's got concerns about excessive lorries, they can report them to us and we will deal with them.”

She said that every school on a main road in the county will be given the “20's plenty” treatment.

kate.scotter@eadt.co.uk

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