06:00 Saturday 04 January 2014

Council urged to build new roundabout on A142 Soham Bypass

Written byJORDAN DAY

A horrific car accident on the A142 Soham Bypass has sparked fresh calls for a new roundabout to be built on the “treacherous” route.

It was on Boxing Day that eight people were involved in a three-vehicle collision at the junction near to where the old garden centre used to be.

Thankfully, nobody was killed in the collision, although many did suffer injuries.

But residents say “enough is enough” and are demanding that a new roundabout - or more than one - is built on the bypass, which has claimed numerous lives over the years.

Rachel Parker, of Hasse Road, Soham, said: “Yet again there is another serious accident on the A142 where at least one other life could have easily been lost.

“There are accident after accident and there have been so many fatalities over the years but still there are no talks of us getting another roundabout.

“We need at least one new roundabout between the Fordham Road roundabout and the one at The Shade - that’s the only way we’re going to slow drivers down and stop these accidents from happening on this treacherous road.”

Lesley Macer, of Queensway, Soham, has been calling for the A142 to be made safer ever since her daughter suffered horrendous life changing injuries in a car accident on the route.

Samantha Cracknell was 38-years-old when she was involved in a two-vehicle collision on the bypass in July 2009.

The mum-of-three, whose children were all in the car at the time, suffered multiple injuries and as a result now lives at a specialist care home in Doddington, where she requires 24-hour care.

Lesley, 60, says at least one new roundabout is needed. She said: “How many more accidents must happen before the council decides this stretch of road needs at least one roundabout?

“I live close to the bypass and I can hear the acceleration of some of the traffic speeding between the roundabouts at either end.

“The council needs to do something to make the bypass safer before someone else is killed or seriously injured like my Samantha.”

A Cambridgeshire County Council spokesman said: “We are happy to consider representations from people about improving the safety of Cambridgeshire’s roads which could be implemented from the resources available to the authority.

“There is also the ability for local organisations such as parish or town councils to make a financial contribution to any agreed changes to a road’s layout.”

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