1,000 petition to ‘save lives’

M W A1079 - Jackie & Nigel campaigning for a roundabout
M W A1079 - Jackie & Nigel campaigning for a roundabout

CAMPAIGNERS who want new safety measures installing at a busy junction in Market Weighton have handed over a petition to their MP containing nearly 1,000 signatures.

An action group, made up of parents from the town, organised the petition about two months ago in the hope that it will push East Riding Council into installing a roundabout at the junction at the end of Holme Road.

The junction, which leads onto the A1079, was the scene of a fatal accident on 12 March when 37-year-old motorcyclist, Simon Parker, from Bolton Percy, died after colliding with a horsebox driven by a 59-year-old East Yorkshire woman.

In total, 979 signatures were collected for the petition, which was given to East Yorkshire MP Greg Knight at a meeting between him and the campaigners on Friday, 6 May.

Jackie Neeves-Redpath, who is leading the campaign, was surprised at how many people signed the petition.

She said: “We didn’t expect to get that many. The whole town got behind it.

“It’s an emotional subject in the town. East Riding Council told us the junction was left as wide as it is because a roundabout was going to be put there.”

During the meeting, campaigners discussed the possibility of having a roundabout installed at the junction. They also talked about possible interim measures if a roundabout cannot be installed in the near future, such as reducing the current speed limit of 60mph, repainting road markings and improving signage near the junction.

Mrs Neeves-Redpath said: “The meeting went really well. We put our case across to Greg Knight about measures needed there.

“He said there was funding available from the government in addition to what the council get for safety measures and he was going to look and see if we can get any of that.

“He said to leave it with him and he will make it a priority to speak to different people. He was really interested in what we were doing.

“We are really positive. It’s moving forward.”

Mayor of Market Weighton, councillor Peter Hemmerman, and Coun Nigel Chicken, of Market Weighton Town Council, have given their backing to the campaign.

Following last Friday’s meeting, Coun Hemmerman said: “The meeting was quite positive and Greg Knight had done his homework and was willing to press for improvements at the junction as soon as possible.

“We may not get the roundabout immediately, but hopefully measures to prevent further loss of life will be in place as soon as practicable.”

A spokesperson for MP Greg Knight said: “Mr Knight said he sympathised with the petitioners and supported their calls for further safety improvements in the area. 

“Mr Knight said that he would be contacting the East Riding of Yorkshire Council and transport ministers about the problem.”