A47 road safety will be looked at in wake of Wisbech death crash, community leader says
PUBLISHED: 19:31 24 September 2017 | UPDATED: 19:31 24 September 2017
Campaigners for greater road safety along the A47 will be looking very closely at whether it needs improvements after a biker died in crash, a community leader has said.
A stretch of the road on the Norfolk and Cambridgeshire border was closed after a collision on Saturday (September 23), in which police later revealed a motorcycle rider in his 30s - who is from the local area - died at the scene.
At approximately 11.19am, a white Ford Transit panel van and a white Yamaha motorbike were heading towards Wisbech when, close to a staggered crossroads near Broadend Road East, the motorbike was in collision with a grey BMW 520 travelling in the opposite direction.
Wisbech mayor Steve Tierney said: “Every time you hear of someone who has been killed, it brings great sadness. My heart goes out to them.
“It’s an A-road and there are some places where we need to look at if there’s a pattern of accidents happening.
“Looking at the statistics is important - sometimes it’s down to the driver and sometimes it’s down to the road and the conditions, but we need to look into it because otherwise money is spent in the wrong place.”
Of the crash, he said: “It’s definitely a matter of local concern.
“When something like this happens, it’s really important all the authorities and bodies have a close look to see whether this is something that really should be addressed or not.
“One death is terrible enough and we don’t want it to be repeated. If something is wrong, we can look at what we can do about it.
“I think people will be looking closely at what’s happening and think whether something can be done and if it should be dealt with.”
Officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Team (SCIT) are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision or the manner of driving of any of the vehicles prior to it to contact them.
In particular, they would like to hear from the occupants of a van who stopped at the scene but drove off before emergency services arrived. Anyone with information should contact the SCIT on 101.