Another crash at A47 blackspot

RTC A47 blocks road with 50mile diversions,'A47, Wisbech'Tuesday 25 September 2018. 'Picture by Terry Harris. THA
RTC A47 blocks road with 50mile diversions,'A47, Wisbech'Tuesday 25 September 2018. 'Picture by Terry Harris. THA

A serious collision at a blackspot highlighted by the Peterborough Telegraph just four days earlier has renewed calls for safety improvements by Highways England.

Two people in their 30s travelling in a van were taken to hospital with serious injuries after the vehicle collided with a lorry at 11.55pm on Monday.

The collision was on the A47 at Guyhirn, and the road was shut between the junctions of the A141 (near Guyhirn) and the B198 (near Wisbech) for around 10 hours while a collision investigation and recovery took place.

No arrests have been made.

A PT investigation last Thursday revealed that the A47 from Thorney through Guyhirn has seen 23 road collisions in just four months, at an average of nearly one every five days.

Barry Britain, chairman of Wisbech St Mary Parish Council, said: “You can’t say enough how the dualling on the A47 is needed.

“It’s not just one week we are getting accidents, it’s several times a month.

“Traffic is then going through the villages and putting people’s backs up.

“The A47 between Wisbech and Peterborough is known as a blackspot and it’s becoming more and more pronounced.”

Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough James Palmer is of many senior politicians to have called for the dualling of the entirety of the A47. Currently, Highways England is planning to dual the road between Wansford and Sutton and make improvements at the A141 junction with the A47 in Guyhirn.

A spokesman last week said the number of collisions on the entirety of the A47 is going down, adding: “Safety will continue to be Highways England’s top priority as it takes forward six major upgrades of the A47.” Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision, or anyone who may have dash cam footage, to call them on 101 or submit an online report at cambs.police.uk/report.