Middleton calls for lower speed limit after crash

Scene of the accident A47 Middleton crossroads ANL-150708-110645009

Scene of the accident A47 Middleton crossroads ANL-150708-110645009

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Villagers have re-iterated their calls for improvements to the A47 following another crash.

A pedestrian, a man in his 80s, was taken to Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital after being involved with a lorry on Friday morning.

The DAF lorry, which was travelling on the eastbound carriageway, collided with the pedestrian, who was walking in the opposite direction, just before 8.40am.

The man was treated at hospital for broken ribs and a fractured skull.

The road was closed until around 12.15pm to allow police and ambulance to attend the scene.

An ambulance crew, ambulance officer and the East Anglian Air Ambulance attended.

Middleton Parish Council have been calling for some time to have a lower and longer speed limit to cope with the increasing traffic flows There is no indication that speed was a factor in Friday’s incident.

Parish councillors would like to see the speed limit lowered from 40mph to 30mph and see it extended towards Hill Road.

But so far their calls have been unanswered.

Council chairman Mick Portor said the road scores low on an assessment because there have not been any fatalities in the village.

He said: “Someone has to die before we can get anything done. All we can do is put together another letter in view of the latest accident.

“We have been banging on to the Highways Agency about trying to get the speed limit reduced and pushed back.”

Mr Portor also said the parish council is also hoping to get the X1 bus service bound for Norwich to pick up passengers in a layby rather than on the main road.

He is also calling on people in the village to write to the Highways Agency to support their campaign to have a lower speed limit.

Mr Portor said: “If people could write a letter to Highways asking for the speed limit to be lowered would be helpful. The more voices, the better.”

Nearby East Winch Parish Council has also been calling for a reduced speed limit along the A47 too.

Motorists currently travel through the village at 50mph and calls have been made to have this reduced to 40mph.

In March last year Jeffrey and Marion Hain and their son, Christopher, died after a crash on the A47 at East Winch.

Their Kia Ceed was involved in a collision with a lorry .