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Concerns the ‘twilight zone’ on new A180 interchange will lead to fatal crash

AN Immingham lorry driver has branded the new interchange on the A180 as a “twilight zone waiting for a fatal crash.”
Work to complete the new ?88 million A180/A160 link road is due to be completed by next month. But there are no lights on the new roundabout.

Lorry driver Mike Parker, 50, who works for Hargreaves, transporting coke between Immingham and Scunthorpe said there is an accident waiting to happen because of the lack of visibility. He said fog can also blight the interchange and risks collisions for unsuspecting motorists.

CONCERNS: Truck driver, Mike Parker, of Hargreaves, who is concerned about the lack of street lighting following the improvements to the A160 at Killingholme. Already one driver has ploughed through safety barriers on the roundabout, which have had to be replaced just weeks after the route opened. It was built to ease congestion and improve safety to cope with increasing amounts of cargo being carried to and from Immingham docks.

More news: Humberside Police council tax precept to increase by 2 per cent[1] The ?88million investment came after a series of collisions. One driver we spoke to has first-hand experience of a crash at the interchange when he had to swerve to avoid a lorry on the wrong side of the road.

The collision in August 2013 caused minor injuries and wrote off his car. Minutes later Craig Mitchell, was on his way to ask permission to marry his sweetheart, Claire Hoyle, when he was faced with an on-coming lorry[2], swerving to avoid the tailback along the A160 caused in the first collision.

The crash left Craig so badly hurt that he was lucky to escape with his life, a court heard. He had been travelling on a mission to ask his girlfriend’s father if he could marry her – but he was later forced to do so from hospital after fearing he might die.

He and his bride married on the first anniversary of the crash. Later that year Highways England announced improvements to the A180/A160 interchange would be made, along with a new superhighway to the port. It carries thousands of lorries on journeys every day to and from the docks and nearby businesses.

More news: Watch dramatic moment injured kayaker is rescued by Humber coastguard helicopter[3] The driver in the original collision that day said: “I came around the bend, which with the time of year, was completely blind due to trees, to see two HGVs side by side. One was on the wrong side of the road.

“I swerved to avoid them and the car took off over the safety barrier and rolled. “Had I been a few metres further up the road from where the crash barrier starts, there would have been no room for me to move and avoid a head on crash. So I feel incredibly lucky.”

Mike said: “Every day you see cars coming round the roundabout on full beam. It is not their fault. They just can’t see.”

More news: Man, 22, charged with multiple offences after car ‘smashed by gang’ in Grimsby[4]
He added: “I can’t understand, having spent that much on it, why they have not installed lighting on the roundabout. “I go round there at 4.30am and it is pitch black.

When there is fog it is terrible. Someone has hit the barriers already. “Every other junction I see has lighting.

Normally I don’t bother about making a fuss. But it is mind-boggling that there is no lighting. this is the main artery into Immingham. People like me use it everyday.

I don’t want to see someone killed before something is done about it.” Highways England project manager, Ben Ridgeon said: “Safety is our top priority and we regularly review the causes of collisions to identify whether any road safety improvements can be made. There has never been any street lighting at this location and the new junction is a standard layout commonly used throughout the Highways England network.

We will continue to monitor safety on the A160/A180 interchange and make improvements where necessary.”

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References

  1. ^ Humberside Police council tax precept to increase by 2 per cent (www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk)
  2. ^ Craig Mitchell, was on his way to ask permission to marry his sweetheart, Claire Hoyle, when he was faced with an on-coming lorry (www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk)
  3. ^ Watch dramatic moment injured kayaker is rescued by Humber coastguard helicopter (www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk)
  4. ^ Man, 22, charged with multiple offences after car ‘smashed by gang’ in Grimsby (www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk)
  5. ^ More of today’s Grimsby news (www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk)
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