THOUSANDS of Southampton residents are demanding action to tackle a notorious city junction.

Nearly 2,000 people have backed a campaign calling for immediate action over the road in Sholing.

Now city transport chiefs are to meet following a petition by residents voicing their concerns.

As previously reported, residents had expressed their anger over the junction of South East Road and Kathleen Road in Sholing.

The junction has seen a number of collisions with cars flipping and one family’s garden fence destroyed four times in the last six years.

Now 1,820 people have signed an online petition and transport bosses at Southampton City Council will debate the issue at the next full council meeting on September 20.

Leader of City Life church Paul Woodman, who hosted a meeting in June before residents took their deputation to the council, said residents are worried that an accident will happen when school children from two nearby schools are crossing the junction.

Mr Woodman said: “This year there have been some awful accidents. Everyone feels that something needs to happen in September or October, before the schools go back. We would want something to be done quickly before something terrible happens.”

Sholing councillor James Baillie said: “The number of signatures this petition has gained shows the strength of feeling of residents about this junction.

Cllr Jacqui Rayment said she is “looking at the issue and options” while a council spokesperson added: “We will be able to give you a more comprehensive statement once we have had the meeting to identify the possible remedial works and timescales.”

As previously reported Southampton City Council has set aside a budget to “enhance awareness of the junction to drivers specifically from Kathleen Road” and said designs to make the road safer would be put in place “this financial year”.