LATEST: Money ‘should be no object’ to making Terrington St Clement junction safe - MP

Station Road Junction (right of picture) on the A17 at Terrington St Clement ANL-150620-114335009
Station Road Junction (right of picture) on the A17 at Terrington St Clement ANL-150620-114335009

A West Norfolk MP has urged officials to rule nothing out of efforts to make a junction where a woman was killed in a crash this week safer.

An online petition calling for a roundabout to be built at the junction of the A17 and Station Road, Terrington St Clement, has now been signed by more than 5,000 people.

Election Count at Lynnsport King's Lynn'Henry Bellingham ANL-150805-111717009

Election Count at Lynnsport King's Lynn'Henry Bellingham ANL-150805-111717009

And one of its signatories has even offered to supply the necessary land for the junction free.

This morning, North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham called for a detailed investigation of the circumstances of Monday’s crash to take place first to help determine what should be done.

But he added: “We need to have a commitment by Norfolk County Council to rule nothing out to improve safety.”

Mr Bellingham said that, although some alterations have been made to the junction in recent times, the layout was still a problem.

He said the positioning of signs around the interchange should be reviewed, along with the use of warning signs on either side of it.

He also suggested that experts from external organisations, such as Highways England, could be brought it to help and said he would raise the issue with the government if necessary.

The petition, set up by Nic Skinner following Monday’s crash, calls on the county council to build a roundabout at the junction.

By this morning, more than 5,000 people had backed the campaign, including William Delamore, who wrote: “As local farmers we would be delighted to offer the land free of charge to build the roundabout.”

Earlier this week, county council officials warned that a roundabout would cost at least £1 million to build.

Tracy Jessop, the authority’s assistant director of highways and transport, said: “There are understandably strong local opinions about this stretch of the A17 and we will continue to meet with community representatives as the facts around this tragedy emerge.”

But Mr Bellingham said: “We’ve got to the stage now where money should be no object in terms of improving this junction to make it safe for the people of West Norfolk and people visiting.”

Other proposed solutions have included the imposition of a lower speed limit and the use of speed cameras around the site.