Call for action at notorious A45 Broad Lane junction

By Matthew Bates Thursday 08 August 2013 Updated: 08/08 11:53

A 'NOTORIOUS' junction is twice over capacity and sees drivers take unnecessary risks, according to a petition handed to council chiefs.

The A45 and Broad Lane junction, at the Wing Wah restaurant, came under the microscope in last week's Full Council meeting when Coun Steven Thomas unveiled a petition signed by 484 people.

He said: "The petitioners are concerned at the notorious junction - it carries approximately twice its intended capacity of traffic.

"The petitioners have noted this poses dangers to pedestrians and road users because risks are taken by frustrated drivers.

"There are further homes planned for the western edge of Woodlands ward so therefore this problem is only going to get worse."

They claimed the council should prioritise a cure for the junction following preparatory work carried out in the past two years.

A second petition called on speed bumps or a 20mph speed limit to be introduced in Harnall Lane East.

The petition, signed by 45 people, said parents and children crossing the road had reported concerns over speeding cars.

Coun Naeem Akhtar, who handed in the petition, said the road was busy and in a very densely populated area of the city.

He said the fact a recent and serious accident had seen a pedestrian hit by a car on a zebra crossing meant it was 'reasonable' for residents to ask the council to act.

Both will now be considered by council chiefs.

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