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3,000 petition for roundabout upgrade
2:14pm Thu Feb 27, 2014
 
A petition signed by 3,000 people calling for improvements to a roundabout is to be handed in at Westminster.
THE MP for Newark, Mr Patrick Mercer, and safer roads campaigner Mr Doug Goodwin with the petition that has been signed by more than 3,000 people.  240214JT1-15
THE MP for Newark, Mr Patrick Mercer, and safer roads campaigner Mr Doug Goodwin with the petition that has been signed by more than 3,000 people. 240214JT1-15
The Safer Roads for Newark group collected the petition in support of its campaign for improvements at the A46 Farndon roundabout.

It is estimated there have been about 80 accidents there since July, 2012.

The petition was handed to the MP for Newark, Mr Patrick Mercer, who will present it at Parliament for the attention of the secretary of state for transport.

Mr Mercer is also applying for an adjournment or Westminster Hall debate to discuss the problem.

The campaign group hopes that if action is taken at the roundabout it can also trigger improvements to the rest of Newark’s road network.

Almost 50 businesses in Newark had copies of the petition for people to sign, and signatures were collected in Newark Market Place.

Group member Mr Doug Goodwin said: “We have had great support from businesses and the public.

“It has obviously stirred lots of emotion among people and the level of attention shows how important it is.

“The number of people who have approached us to put their point forward has led to a healthy dialogue.”

Mr Mercer said: “This is the first stage of asking for a series of debates.”

He said the minimum he wanted was for the layout of the roundabout to be reconsidered.

“I hope that on the back of that we get the sort of pressure we need for a southern relief road and a strategic overview of the circulatory system for the whole town, particularly with the plans for the Growth Point at some point in the future,” he said.

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