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Henry Bellingham MP and Liz Truss MP meeting with Parish councillors, Borough Councillors and County Councillors at the Moat Road junction to Terrrington St Clement on the A17.'Borough Councillor Peter Cousins (right) with County and Borough Councillor Tony Wright (centre) ENGANL00120130419162252

Henry Bellingham MP and Liz Truss MP meeting with Parish councillors, Borough Councillors and County Councillors at the Moat Road junction to Terrrington St Clement on the A17.'Borough Councillor Peter Cousins (right) with County and Borough Councillor Tony Wright (centre) ENGANL00120130419162252

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A West Norfolk councillor has called for cameras and a lower speed limit to be introduced in a bid to improve safety at a busy junction.

Concerns over the junction of the A17 with Station Road, Terrington St Clement were revived after a motorcyclist died in a collision with a car there last October.

Now, a new 40 mile per hour limit, supported by speed cameras, is being proposed for the area.

And a meeting with county roads officials is due to be held there to discuss the issue next week.

Ward councillor Peter Cousins said the issue affected residents in villages on both sides of the junction.

He said he did not usually support speed cameras, but argued their use would be justified in this case because of the junction’s accident record.

He also rejected concerns that new restrictions would cause additional congestion around the area, saying it would only temporarily slow drivers down.

He added: “It affects all of the people in that area. It’s time we got something achieved.”

Other calls have included the possible installation of a roundabout, which is likely to be ruled out on cost grounds, and the reclassification of the A17 as a trunk road, meaning it would be maintained by the Highways Agency, rather than Norfolk County Council’s Highways department.

Residents are also being invited to have their say on the issue during the meeting, which will take place at the African Violet Centre next Thursday, February 26, from 10.30am.

Mr Cousins said he hoped other borough councillors, together with parish representative, would be there.

Meanwhile, the speed limit proposal has been backed by MP Henry Bellingham, who yesterday said it was a “very good idea”.

And he urged the county council to undertake a full review of the road layout, claiming the problem had not been taken seriously enough so far.

He said: “The residents deserve better than what they have had so far.”

A Norfolk County Council spokesman said: “Whenever there’s a fatal accident, as was so sadly the case recently, we always review the specific circumstances that led to it – and the long term accident record at the site – and consider what changes could be made to reduce the risk of it happening again.

“Since this junction was fitted with a flashing warning sign some years ago, the accident rate has gone down – and with the exception of the very sad incident recently, there had been only one relatively minor accident at the junction in the last three years.

“We will be able to explain this and discuss the councillors’ suggestions when we meet with them next week.”