A council has been criticised after motorists were seen swerving at a notorious junction to avoid floodwater.
The junction in West Lynn, King’s Lynn, was branded dangerous following a downpour last week.
It comes after Norfolk County Council removed a controversial slip road following a campaign launched by concerned residents in West Lynn and Clenchwarton.
People living in the area fought to close the slip road at the junction on the old A17 Clenchwarton Road, near to the East Coast Business Park, following a series of
road traffic accidents at the site.
But local resident Colin Tegerdine said the former drain was covered over in the renovation works and is now causing a hazard.
He claimed the water was four to five inches deep in places following the storm which battered West Norfolk last Friday.
“It is dangerous,” he said. “People were swerving around it. After all our campaigning to get it put right someone goes and makes a mistake like this. Someone should have realised that this would be a problem. I feel cross as we are spending money on this and wasting it.”
A council spokesman said the drainage on the junction is due to be completed later this week.
“Drainage was included in the design for the junction alterations, but was not completed at the time because the contractor had concerns about levels. Completion of the drainage system is now expected to take place next week – unfortunately this is not in time to prevent today’s flooding at the junction” he said.
The slip road was added to the junction in the autumn of 2011 following a safety audit, but residents campaigned for the turning lane to be removed after seeing a rise in the number of road accidents at the site.
Source: Lynn News
Date Published: August 15, 2013
Author: David Brown