New ‘double chicane’ in Diss road criticised following car crash

Car crash in Frenze Hall Lane, Diss on Monday, July 11, 2016. Picture supplied by Lewis Painter.

Car crash in Frenze Hall Lane, Diss on Monday, July 11, 2016. Picture supplied by Lewis Painter.

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A new ‘double chicane’ in Diss has been criticised as “badly designed” by road users, following a traffic collision only a week after the system was first introduced.

An elderly man sustained minor injuries after crashing his Vauxhall Corsa into a bollard at one of two ‘give way’ points in Frenze Hall Lane on Monday, with emergency services on scene shortly after 12.15pm.

The incident was just days after Norfolk County Council completed the double chicane, as part of measures to improve road safety amid new housing developments in the area.

The system has since come under fire this week, with many claiming an accident on this road was “only a matter of time”.

Diss Express reader Lewis Painter wrote: “It’s ironic that this was built to smooth the way for the latest Persimmon proposal for 136 new homes, yet the added construction traffic and vehicle movements from the proposed new development will no doubt only add to the chaos!”

Graham Minshull, the Diss Town Council leader, explained the intention is to address the issue of “many people speeding” along the road.

“I think, at the moment, if you are not paying attention when you are driving through, it’s easy to miss the fact that there are two pinch points,” Cllr Minshull told the Diss Express.

He added the town council had offered recommendations to the county council’s highways authority, and would continue to monitor the situation.

WHAT DID PEOPLE SAY ON SOCIAL MEDIA?

Emma Blizard: “It was only a matter of time - stupid design sadly.”

Paul O’Brien: “If you can lose control, you’re probably going too quick. It’s not exactly a chicane!”

Tori Trudgill: “Awful bit of road...badly designed on a bend”

Francesca Batley: “Unfortunately badly designed, with no clear view and several people not understanding how to use it correctly!”

Nick Woods: “...they’ll soon be building 136 houses further down there over the next two years. If two cars can’t negotiate the 3m gap, heaven help us when the 60 tonne low-loaders arrive.”