‘Someone will die at blackspot’ - speed restrictions to be put in at Cornard-Bures B1508 ‘car graveyard’

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Police accident

Speed changes are to be made at an accident blackspot on the B1508 described by one resident as a ‘car graveyard’ following the latest crash.

The B1508/Bures Road was blocked on Tuesday morning after a car overturned between Great Cornard and Bures, with a woman in her 50s taken to hospital as a precaution after suffering a minor head injury.

Following the crash James Finch, Suffolk County Council (SCC) cabinet member for highways and transport and divisional member for Bures and Cornard, confirmed speed restrictions were being brought in.

He said: “SCC plan to introduce a 40mph speed limit along the B1508 between the existing 30mph speed limits in Little Cornard and Bures St Mary to address safety concerns raised by local communities.

“We anticipate that the new speed limit will be in place during the first quarter of next year.”

This will delight Little Cornard resident Kathy Lee-Rimmer who had appealed for changes to the speed limit ‘before someone died’.

“At least once every month there’s an accident there where a car goes up the bank and turns over,” she said. “Somebody is going to be killed.”

Mrs Lee-Rimmer said a bus had once broken down in the lengthy queues that had built up on the road, with traffic build-ups throughout the area as drivers sought alternative routes.

“I have to come down Bures Road to go wherever I want to go,” she added. “It evens out to about one accident a month.

“It’s where the 30mph finishes too soon. It’s a really sharp bend and there’s a bank there with a lot of mud and stones.

“People take it too fast and they are over. Somebody will be killed as it’s an accident blackspot.

“The amount of car debris, there is a line of glass from previous accidents.

“It’s like a little car graveyard.

“It really worries me that somebody won’t be so lucky next time.”