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Mixed reaction to new plans for A36 danger junction
9:00am Sunday 6th October 2013 in Wiltshire
Proposals for a new traffic signalling scheme to improve the safety of the A36 junction with Upton Lovell has received a mixed reaction from village residents.
Developed by Wiltshire Council and the Highways Agency, it would bring traffic signals to the A36 junction with Manor Road and have a pedestrian crossing and improved signs and lines.
The decision to find a safety solution for the junction followed an inquest on Stanley “Rocky” Knight.
The 91-year-old died in June last year, after his car collided with a 32-tonne lorry as he turned out of Upton Lovell and on to the A36.
Mr Knight’s children, Jim and Jenny Dockerty, attended the information event in Upton Lovell Village Hall on Tuesday.
Mrs Dockerty said: “I am glad the junction will be sorted and they have clearly put a lot of effort into making sure it is done right. I’m pleased that the people of the village will now be able to come and go safely.”
Mr Knight’s death came soon after Upton Lovell residents Althea and Antony Barrington-Brown were killed in a similar collision, just yards further down the road, in January 2012.
Richard Southwell, of Manor House, said: “I’m absolutely sure that this is the right scheme. The Highways Agency deserves lots of credit for producing such a good scheme and one that will meet the needs of everybody in the village.”
The signals would replace a temporary traffic order – prohibiting vehicles joining the A36 from Manor Road – which was put in place shortly after the inquest.
However, a group Salis-bury Road residents, opposite Manor Road and near the junction, have voiced concerns over the effect on them.
One, who did not want to be named, said: “We feel that the traffic lights will be a detriment to us.
“The lights will mean more noise pollution from cars stopping and starting and traffic tailbacks.
“We don’t want to be painted as trying to scupper the process, but we do have to make a stand. We are pushing the Highways Agency for a permanent closure while a better solution can be found.”
The scheme would take an estimated eight weeks to construct, starting as early next March.
A Highways Agency spokesman said: “The event gave all the residents a chance to express their views and they will all be taken into consideration before the final proposal is put forward.”
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