Warning after cyclist killed on A14

ROAD chiefs have issued a safety warning to cyclists after a 53-year-old man died when his pedal bike was in collision with a lorry on one of the region's busiest roads.

ROAD chiefs have issued a safety warning to cyclists after a 53-year-old man died when his pedal bike was in collision with a lorry on one of the region's busiest roads.

Terrance Neeson , of Rougham, near Bury St Edmunds, died following the accident on a slip road leading onto the A14 – which caused five hours of traffic chaos during yesterday's peak time early morning rush.

Mr Neeson died after his bike was in collision with a Mercedes articulated heavy goods lorry shortly after 7am.

While cyclists are permitted to ride on the notoriously busy A14 road – linking Cambridge with Ipswich - Suffolk County Council said attempts are ongoing to ensure they have a safer alternative route.


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Peter Monk, the council's portfolio holder for public protection, said: "We are constantly looking at giving cyclists different routes and informing them that roads, like the A14, are not necessarily the quickest.

"It is unusual to see cyclists on the A14 and it is quite dangerous but we are not in a position to preclude them.

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"The message we are continuously getting across is that motorists should be aware of cyclists while riders should realise what all the hazards are."

A spokesman for the Highways Agency, which maintains the A14, said: "There are no restrictions for cyclists using the road but clearly they should cycle carefully and be aware it is a busy through route and lorries will be using it."

Neighbours of Mr Neeson were last night too shocked to speak about the tragedy but community leaders have called for answers surrounding the safety of cyclists on the A14.

Bury MP David Ruffley said: "My thoughts at this time are with the family and friends of the cyclist.

"There are a lot of cyclists in the town and I now want to know what the provision for them is on roads like the A14."

A Suffolk police spokesman confirmed the coroner had been informed of the death and a post mortem would follow in due course.

Anyone with information about the accident should contact Pc Joe Skippen at Bury St Edmunds Traffic Unit on 01284 774153.

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