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Photograph shows danger of A1 crossing near Grantham as caravan blocks outside lane




A photograph showing a caravan straddling the outside lane of the A1 at a crossing at Great Ponton has been shared on social media.

The picture taken from the pedestrian bridge at Great Ponton was tweeted by Robin Brittain, highlighting the danger of the crossing in the central reservation.

In his tweet Mr Brittain says the incident shows there is a need for improvements at the Great Ponton junctions. In his tweet, Mr Brittain says of the incident: "Spotted this morning, one of many, similar and often daily occurrences."

The caravan pictured blocking the outside lane on the southbound carriageway of the A1 at Great Ponton as tweeted by Robin Brittain. (15797381)
The caravan pictured blocking the outside lane on the southbound carriageway of the A1 at Great Ponton as tweeted by Robin Brittain. (15797381)

The picture shows the caravan being towed across the southbound carriageway so the driver can cross on to the northbound A1 as traffic hurtles through Great Ponton.

A similar incident involving a bus was reported by the Journal recently when it also straddled the carriageway while waiting to move on to the northbound carriageway.

A number of people responding to Mr Brittain's tweet agreed the dangerous situation was happening regularly.

One Twitter user responded: "The A1 between Peterborough & Newark is no longer fit for purpose.

Elsewhere, crossovers like this were closed years ago, and why introduce cameras, but not reduce the speed limit?"

Other users said the best way to avoid causing such a danger was to drive to Colsterworth and use the flyover to get to the other side.

Another tweeted: "Shut them all now!! It's crazy keeping them open, nowhere else on the A1 does this insanity persist."

Great Ponton resident Richard Parkinson tweeted: "Unbelievable! No wonder accidents are now almost a daily occurrence on this stretch of the A1 with idiots doing things like this!"



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