A14 Patrols To Be Introduced?
30 March 2010, 05:57
A week on from chaos on Suffolk's A14 Heart has exclusively learnt work's underway to make sure those kind of hold ups never happen again.
Last Tuesday the A14 at Rougham near Bury St Edmunds was closed for more than 8 hours after two lorries crashed and one shed its load of tonnes of paper.
An accident on the road at Nacton also caused problems during last Tuesday morning's rush hour. While later that evening a car left the road at Wherstead causing part of the carriageway to be shut off while emergency services recovered the vehicle.
Now an idea already adopted in Essex is being considered here in Suffolk.
A police patrol team dedicated to the A12 has halved the time it takes to deals with accidents on the road in just six months.
Heart's spoken to Councillor Guy McGregor who says it's an excellent scheme. He wants to set up a meeting with Suffolk Police Chief Constable Simon Ash to see whether the force can help man a patrol team which would be on the main road for most of the day.
Guy told Heart: "I do believe there could be real advantages for Suffolk if we extend the scheme along the A12 and then over the Orwell Bridge to Felixstowe".
He also told us they wouldn't be able to cover the A14 wetbound because of financial constraints put on them by the Government.
Is this patrol team a good idea or should more be done?