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

A NEAR-fatal collision has renewed calls for safety measures to be introduced at a notorious junction in Market Weighton.

On Thursday, 28 July, a silver Kia Rio collided with a green Vauxhall Astra near the Holme Road junction, which leads onto the A1079.

An 84-year-old man behind the wheel of the Rio was taken to hospital with internal injuries and breathing problems and a female passenger in the Astra was also taken to hospital with neck and seatbelt injuries.

Earlier this year, an action group was formed by concerned residents in Market Weighton to make the junction safer.

So far, the group, with the help of East Yorkshire MP Greg Knight, has managed to convince East Riding Council to install new signage and re-paint the road markings at the junction, which they plan to do in the next couple of months.

But their efforts to have a roundabout built and speed limit reduced from 60mph to 50mph have so far proved in vain.

Jackie Neeves-Redpath, who is leading the campaign, claims the latest accident at the junction has angered residents.

She said: “Everyone is so angry.

“They know we are doing everything we can to get safety measures in place and there’s little money around.”

Mrs Neeves-Redpath said East Riding Council have recently told the campaigners there is no funding available to build a roundabout at the junction.

As a result, they are now looking at other means of having a roundabout built. One option they are considering is contacting Transport Minister Philip Hammond to ask for funding from the government.

Alternatively, they could wait for a company to take control of the nearby development, which includes plans to build 325 new homes and a new health care centre, who will then have to contribute towards the cost of installing a roundabout.

However, Mrs Neeves-Redpath fears this could take several years.

She said the group are pleased that the local authority has agreed to put up new signage and re-paint road markings but now wants them to lower the current 60mph speed limit.

“The speed is 50 mph on most places on the A1079 and the reasons they have given us for it being 60mph are not good enough,” she said.

“We’ve got the fire service’s support. Now we need the support of the police to say that it is a dangerous area.”

John Skidmore, head of streetscene services at East Riding Council, said: “In August 2006, the Department for Transport (DfT) issued guidance to all local authorities on how to set speed limits locally and also requested that they review the limits on all A and B roads.

“The council carried out this review across the East Riding between 2007 and 2010 and reported the results to the Environment and Transport Overview and Scrutiny Committee and implemented agreed changes.

“The council will be installing new signage and improving road markings within the next six to eight weeks following a programme of surface dressing works.

“The council is aware of residents’ concerns about the Holme Road junction.”