Elizabeth Truss at Broadend Road.

South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss is backing residents’ calls for a notorious junction on the A47 at Walsoken to be improved.

Ms Truss met members of the parish council and West Norfolk councillor Brian Long at the Broadend Road East site to discuss the concerns.

New flashing warning signs, triggered by vehicle speed, have been installed at the junction on both approaches from the A47. But residents have complained the signs are too close to the turning and fail to give motorists enough time to respond.

The Highways Agency is also set to improve road markings at the junction to clarify the road layout and double white lines will be installed at the so-called ghost islands to prohibit overtaking.

The ongoing work was scheduled following a public meeting attended by the MP, highways representatives, the parish council and around 65 members of the public in January last year.

“Local residents want to see safety measures put in place and I fully support them in securing this, Ms Truss said.

“After substantial lobbying, the new signs have now been installed, however local residents have raised concerns that the signs are too close to the junction to have any impact.

“I have written to the Highways Agency seeking clarification of why they are positioned in this location and I will be asking for regular updates on how effective the signs are in reducing speed, improving driver awareness and preventing dangerous overtaking at the junction.”

Mr Long added: “You don’t have to spend much time at the junction to witness how dangerous it can be. The new measures will help, but more needs to be done to make this stretch of road safer, especially preventing overtaking.”