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2.163 drivers caught speeding on A47 at King’s Lynn in three weeks

Average Speed Traffic Camera positioned on the A47 between Hardwick and the Pullover Roundabout ANL-140724-114924009

Average Speed Traffic Camera positioned on the A47 between Hardwick and the Pullover Roundabout ANL-140724-114924009

In just three weeks, more than 2,000 drivers have been caught breaking the temporary 30mph speed limit that has been put in place alongside bridge repair works on the A47 in Lynn.

Temporary speed cameras have been put in place along a two-mile stretch of dual carriageway during the ongoing waterproofing and resurfacing of three bridges.

Between June 28 and July 8, 1,900 drivers failed to keep to the 30mph speed limit. A further 263 were caught between July 9 and 16 – a total of 2,163 caught between June 28 and July 16.

A Norfolk police spokeswoman said: “They changed the roadworks around on July 9, so the cameras had to be recalibrated. That partly explains why the figures fell somewhat, but also there were extra signs put up so drivers were more aware of the cameras.”

A Highways Agency spokesman said: “Safety is a top priority for the Highways Agency.

“The 30mph speed restriction through the bridge maintenance work on the A47 helps to protect drivers and our road workers who are working on the scheme and are only feet away from moving traffic.

“This speed limit is enforced by the police.”

The fixed penalty notice for speeding will cost drivers £100 and three points on their license.

Work on the River Great Ouse, River Nar and Harbour Junction bridges, on the A47 between Hardwick Roundabout and Pullover Roundabout, started on June 9 and should be completed by Tuesday.

The bridges are being waterproofed to prevent further deterioration causing potholes and cracks to form in the surface of the road. Temporary repairs were carried out in December, but this £1.9 million project will protect the road for the long-term.

The work is weather-dependent and had to be completed during the summer months to avoid any problems with the waterproofing, but is expected to reduce disruption for drivers in the future.

The new road surface will provide a smoother and quieter journey for road users, while reducing noise for nearby residences and businesses.

 

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