A senior nurse at the Queen’s Medical Centre has called for urgent improvements to be made on the A52 Nottingham Knight roundabout as her battle for changes enters its 10th year.
The roundabout is due for a multi-million pound upgrade, but work is not due to start until 2022, and the mum-of-two has said something needs to be done now to keep her and her children safe.
Marijke van Eerd, 49, said the pedestrian path is so narrow and overgrown her children have to cycle just inches from fast-travelling lorries.
Highways England, which is responsible for the roundabout, said it takes safety extremely seriously.
Mrs van Eerd first complained about safety on the roundabout in 2009, and said while she welcomed the decision to upgrade the junction, it was not good enough to leave it untouched for three more years.
She cycles with her children – aged 11 and 13, to their school in West Bridgford, and has to cross the roundabout on the footpaths to get there.
She said: “A lorry overturned right onto the pavement where we walked, and I just thought ‘my children could have been standing right there.’
“They have said they are going to have a big upgrade, which is great, but it’s not happening until 2022, and it can’t stay like it is until then.
“For now, what I would like is for them to clear the path. It is so narrow, and because it is overgrown it makes it worse.
“It would be better if they moved the path so it wasn’t right on the edge of the road – You can see from the tyre marks that cars come onto the pavement.
“It would not cost a lot of money to cut down the vegetation. It would not make a huge dent in their budget, because that bit in the roundabout, in that little corner, they never mow it – it’s just left.”
Angela Sandhu, Highways England project manager, said: “We take safety very seriously and any overgrown trees or plants that we look after will be maintained appropriately to keep the pathway clear.
“In addition, we will also speak to local residents and partners around the land they own near the roundabout to make sure it remains usable.”
Once upgrades to the junction are finished, there will be two new dedicated lanes going through the roundabout – one for eastbound traffic carrying along the A52, and one for eastbound traffic going down the A60 towards Ruddington.
There will also be three signalled crossings for cyclists and pedestrians.
Work is due to start in 2022, but there has been no confirmation how long construction will take, nor what the cost will be.