Calls to improve Downham Market roundabout

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Calls have been made to improve a Downham roundabout to prevent accidents.

Drivers have been seen to fly over the mini roundabout in Railway Road without stopping for other traffic.

Now people who work and visit the area are calling for more signs to warn motorists that they are approaching a roundabout.

Among them is Nicholas Brett, who sees the problems from his office at Lawn-Boy.

Mr Brett, who has been running the business for 38 years in Railway Road, said: “The main thing is that people are coming up there so fast that they don’t realise there is a roundabout.

“They just don’t slow down and I think bigger warning signs would help.”

A driver, who did not want to be named but regularly uses the roundabout, also supports the calls.

She said: “ I hold my breath every time I pull out onto the roundabout.

“A lot of drivers don’t look or slow down. They don’t even acknowledge it’s a roundabout.”

Congestion in the road is likely to increase after developer H C Moss was given the go ahead to put up 97 homes on land between Railway Road and Richmond Road.

Anthony White, who is the ward member on Norfolk County Council and West Norfolk Council, raised the problem with the roundabout at Monday’s planning meeting.

He has been in contact with the county’s highways department to resolve the problem.

Mr White said: “What I am proposing is to put another warning sign further back so people are aware they are approaching a roundabout.

“A lot is down to the drivers but that doesn’t stop accidents.”

But the county council’s highways department says it is not planning to undertake any further work on the roundabout.

A spokesman said: “We have carried out a safety audit at this roundabout, as we would normally do for any new highways scheme. The audit showed some minor improvements were necessary, and these have since been carried out.

“We believe the signage and markings at this site are clear and are not considering any further work here at the moment.

“Allegations of motorists driving inappropriately is a matter for the police.”