Highways officials urged to act over Huntingdon junction

The Lidl junction, in Huntingdon.

The Lidl junction, in Huntingdon. - Credit: Archant

Councillors have urged highways officials to take another look at a junction in Huntingdon which some believe is an ‘accident waiting to happen’.

Members for Huntingdon Town Council have asked for an audit to be carried out on the supermarket junction, in Stukeley Road, following concerns over motorists leaving the car park and turning right into Ermine Street.

Town and district councillor Tom Sanderson told The Hunts Post: “Lidl need to do something to discourage people from turning right. What we need is something formal that bans people from doing that.

“We have had a number of complaints from people who use that car park; even if you drive along Ermine Street you see that the traffic flow is heavy.

“I have been in discussion with the police about this as there is traffic coming from both ways and an accident could happen.”

The discount supermarket, which opened in December, was given planning permission by Huntingdonshire District Council in September 2014, however there was no stipulation that the company needed to stop motorists from turning right out of the store and cutting across three lanes of traffic.

Following the supermarket’s opening last year, customers and motorists spoke to The Hunts Post about the junction.

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Stephen Baxter, from Church Way, Alconbury Weston, said: “All traffic should be made to turn left up to the Homebase roundabout then double back. The planners who allowed this exit must be out of their tiny minds. Someone will get killed before long.”

Dean Laccohee added: “The exit should be left turn only. It’s causing really bad congestion at an already busy crossroads.”

This view has been backed Cllr Sanderson who hopes that the something can be done before an accident occurs.

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire County Council told The Hunts Post: “We take road safety very seriously and the application was assessed. There have been no accidents at the junction but we do continue to monitor it.

“However, listening to concerns, Lidl have put in signs asking drivers not to turn right as we cannot put them on private property.”