Lower speed limit ‘unlikely’ to address safety concerns at Terrington St Clement junction, meeting told

Group meeting on the proposal to introduce 40 MPH limit at the Terrington St Clement A17 Junction.'Peter Cousins (2nd right) ANL-150226-133811009

Group meeting on the proposal to introduce 40 MPH limit at the Terrington St Clement A17 Junction.'Peter Cousins (2nd right) ANL-150226-133811009

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County roads officials have pledged to look into the problems facing drivers at a busy junction, but rejected calls for a lower speed limit.

A public meeting was held at the African Violet Centre in Terrington St Clement on Thursday to discuss ways of improving the junction of the A17 and the village’s Station Road.

Safety concerns have grown in recent months after a motorcyclist was killed in a collision with a car at the junction last October.

One resident described the site as being “like Russian roulette” at busy times, while others said they avoided the area altogether.

And, last month, borough councillor Peter Cousins called for a 40 miles per hour speed limit to be introduced at the junction and enforced by speed cameras.

But Norfolk County Council Highways officers said a lower speed limit was unlikely to solve the problem, because it would appear to be out of place on an otherwise open stretch of the road.

Kevin Allen, of the authority’s road safety engineering team, said: “This was a helpful and productive meeting for everyone who attended and gave us all the opportunity to discuss the pros and cons of potential options for the junction.

“We promised to look into a wider range of other potential interventions including hedge, verge and road marking maintenance and an audit of the signage.

“We’ll be reporting back to the group formally in a couple of weeks.”

Around 30 people are estimated to have attended the meeting, including parish council representatives from Terrington St Clement, Tilney All Saints, Clenchwarton, Terrington St John and Walpole Cross Keys.

Mr Cousins, who chaired the meeting, said he was disappointed at the response to the speed limit idea, but hopeful that other measures would be taken.

He said: “It was productive. We obviously got our message across. What we need to do is keep pushing.”