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DO YOU FEEL LUCKY? Fear and loathing of Southchurch junctions

November 30, 2017 10:18 AM
By Howard Gibeon in Kursaal Focus October 2017

Getting out into Southchurch Road is less a motoring manoeuvre, more an act of faith. It's time to stop asking locals to gamble with their lives

Road Rage!

Fear and loathing of Southchurch junctions

Local residents are becoming increasingly alarmed about the 'blind' junctions on both the north and south sides of Southchurch Road.

Vans legally parked outside shops are the problem. Road users, attempting to turn into Southchurch Road, are finding their visibility dangerously impaired.

Some residents have voiced their concerns on message-boards. Recent comments include ...

"A young lad was knocked off his bike tonight (Sept 21). My wife has been saying there is a problem with vans ... that leave little or no sight of traffic when pulling out from one of the side roads. The Council need to look at the safety issues .."

and

"It has got to the point where I don't like pulling out into Southchurch Road any more as you take your life in your hands ... something needs to be done and quickly!".

A spate of accidents and near misses at the Southchurch Road junction with Ilfracombe Avenue have emphasised just how dangerous the situation has become.

Pedestrians are also affected and it's time for the Council to step up. Discouraging or preventing commercial vehicles from parking close to Southchurch Road junctions would be a start. Then a town-wide assessment to find similar issues.

People's safety must be paramount. The Council need to fix this issue. Now.

This article first appeared in our Kursaal Focus, October 2017
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