Mount Pleasant accident blackspot: Hull City Council aims to improve safety on roundabout
NEW safety measures are set to be installed after three lorries overturned at an accident blackspot in east Hull.
Hull City Council has confirmed new road markings will be laid out at the Mount Pleasant roundabout, near Victoria Dock, to help guide drivers around the junction.
The decision to install new markings follows a meeting between council highways officials and ward councillors Linda Chambers and Adam Williams.
She said: "This roundabout has become a real danger spot. Adam and I discussed our concerns with the officers and potential steps to make the roundabout safer."
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In September, a lorry shed its load of earth as it failed to negotiate the roundabout, which is one of two under the elevated section of the A1033.
No other vehicle was involved and the driver is believed to have escaped without serious injury.
It was third lorry spill at the scene in just over a year and prompted renewed calls to improve safety at the site.
In April, a load of animal feed was spilled across a footpath and cycleway after a lorry overturned close to the same spot.
Work on restoring the verge and a cycleway had only just been completed when September's accident happened.
Cllr Williams said: "One of the problems with the roundabout has been the lack of clarity about which lane vehicles should be in if they are turning right."
"This has led to vehicles switching lanes on the roundabout itself.
"The roundabout is small and the turnings are tight, which has contributed to the problem."
The new road markings are expected to be laid on the roundabout over the next few weeks.
As well as guiding vehicles into the correct lanes, council officials hope they will also encourage drivers to slow down.
Cllr Williams said: "I'm not an expert but I am told the weight of a load like this does shift around when a vehicle is going around a roundabout.
"Combine that with the speed of vehicles approaching the roundabouts and it could make them more difficult to negotiate."
There have been a series of similar crashes at roundabout junctions along Hedon Road in recent years.
In 2010, cyclist Susan Russell was killed when a container fell off a tractor at the nearby Garrison Road roundabout.