Anger as lorries shed loads into gardens of homes along A10 …
A series of near-misses after lorries shed their loads on the A10 have left residents asking: “Does someone have to be killed before action is taken?”
One married couple who live on Lynn Road, a section of the A road between Southery and Littleport, have reported a “real bad dip in the road” outside their home a number of times.
Four separate incidents involving HGVs driving over the dip have resulted in damage being done to their property – with a supermarket delivery vehicle crashing through their fence on one occasion.
Residents on the A10 between Southery and Littleport have been affected by lorries shedding their loads
John Shipp, 69, who has lived off the A10 with his wife for nine years, told the Lynn News about just how close that vehicle came to hitting a gas tank in their garden.
They have also witnessed concrete beams and hay bales drop off passing lorries.
“It has always been a concern that someone’s going to get hurt,” Mr Shipp said.
On one occasion, a supermarket delivery vehicle crashed into one couple’s garden
“This bit of road that needs replacing – if a motorcyclist hit it, he’d be off without any doubt.”
And his son, Steve Shipp, who lives nearby and visits his parents’ home regularly, asked: “How many accidents have to happen here before this road is dealt with properly?
“We have been victim to four accidents resulting in damage to our property and vehicles in our garden.
“Does someone have to get killed for action to be taken?”
Mr Shipp Snr added that he has spoken to Cambridgeshire County Council’s highways team regarding the issue, but that a previous repair job simply resulted in the road “cracking open and dropping again”.
He believes he and his family have been “very lucky” that they were never in the garden when lorry loads have dropped close to their home.
A Cambridgeshire County Council spokesperson said: “This location is in the Transport Delivery Plan (TDP) and will be resurfaced next financial year 2024/25.
“This programme sets out our upcoming schemes for carriageway and footway maintenance, surface treatments, bridges, and traffic signals. We inspect all our roads on a regular basis and will repair any defects that occur before the road is resurfaced.”
Closer to Southery, the A10 was also the scene of the death of 33-year-old motorcyclist Matthew Day in August last year.
The father-of-one died of his injuries after a red Honda Accord collided with the Yamaha motorbike he was riding on the A10.
- ^ the death of 33-year-old motorcyclist Matthew Day in August last year (lynnnews.co.uk)