CALLS have been made to make improvements to a major roundabout before it is too late.

Lib Dem councillor for Totton South and Marchwood, David Harrison, has said that work should be carried out on Rushington Roundabout to avoid someone “being crushed”.

It comes after a lorry overturned on Wednesday, blocking the A35 Marchwood bypass.

The lorry had toppled onto the pavement, crashing the surrounding fence.

South Central Ambulance Service has confirmed that the driver was able to climb out of the cab and was taken to University Hospital Southampton by ambulance.

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Now, concerns have been raised over the safety of the area.

Cllr Harrison thinks that the pavement should be moved backwards away from the roundabout to ensure the safety of cyclists and pedestrians.

He told the Echo: "These incidents have happened about five or six times in recent years, and always in the same area of the roundabout.

"It might be driver error in some cases, but it could equally happen because of an insecure load in a sealed container.

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"Given the pattern of repeat events, I think the only answer to avoid the risk of somebody, a cyclist or pedestrian, being crushed is to have the adjacent pavement moved back away from the roundabout.

"I called for this some years ago but I realise that Hampshire County Council is short of funding. The reality is that we may have a tragedy involving crush fatalities if this work is not done."

One local resident said told the Echo he has known at least four lorries to topple on the roundabout since he has lived here. 

"It's a busy bit of road and quite dangerous," he said.

"I think it's the camber in the road that causes them to fall over. 

"There was talk a few years ago about widening the roundabout. 

Cllr Rob Humby, executive lead member for economy, transport and environment at Hampshire County Council has been contacted for comment. 

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