Honking and hairy moments: Hull roundabout branded 'accident waiting to happen'

A major Hull roundabout has been labelled “an accident waiting to happen”. Southcoates Roundabout along the A1033 Hedon Road is frequently used by those travelling to and from Hull and the Holderness area of East Yorkshire. But one motorist feels that the roundabout is poorly marked and that the multiple entry and exit points make it confusing for drivers.

Sharon Jessop, of Withernsea, uses the road for weekly visits to Hull to see her family. Her daughter also uses the roundabout daily to and from work. Ms Jessop says that at times the roundabout can be “pretty hairy”.

She said: “It is my daughter who noticed. She is driving there five days a week and she says it’s horrendous, even in the morning when it is quiet.

Southcoates roundabout can be ‘pretty hairy’

“She nearly got taken out by a truck the other morning. She was all worked up because they are not using the roundabout properly.

“If you look at the roundabout there is lots of extra junctions and entry points onto it and she says it is just awful.

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“She is getting honked at and getting cut off by other drivers. “You think it would not be too bad at that time in the morning but all I can think of is as the day goes on with it getting busier and people getting impatient. “People won’t wait for you to finish your manoeuvre and they are pulling out.

It’s pretty hairy. I firmly believe it is an accident waiting to happen.”

Honking and hairy moments: Hull roundabout branded 'accident waiting to happen'Highways England said it currently has no plans to change the roundabout

Sharon believes that issues are caused by both the road layout and the impatience of drivers. She plans to contact Highways England to see if more can be done to reduce the chances of an accident.

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“I would imagine if you just observed that roundabout it would be pretty scary,” she said. “Just to watch people not driving and using the roundabout safely.

“It would be worth it just to see if traffic lights would reduce the chances of an accident. I know there is a roundabout further back that has traffic lights and it does make me wonder whether that would be the way forward. “I appreciate people who feel it would slow them down but if it is the only way people will get round safely it might be the only way.

“Maybe marking the lanes better or even have writing on the road to make it more obvious to people that they are doing the right thing.” What Highways England say A spokesperson for Highways England said: “There are currently no plans for work at Southcoates roundabout, however we are always reviewing our network looking at ways to make improvements.

“We would ask drivers to take care and drive safely along the road.”

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