Letters: Rory Bickle, March 8, 2016

Average Speed Cameras now installed along the A17, this camera located near the Station Road Junction at Terrington St Clement ANL-160229-081832009
Average Speed Cameras now installed along the A17, this camera located near the Station Road Junction at Terrington St Clement ANL-160229-081832009
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I note your recent article on the installation of average speed cameras along the A17 in West Norfolk.

While I admire the sentiment, this is yet another misguided intervention by our Highways Authority and the police because they have failed to consider both the root cause of the danger and the local geography. Illegal speed has simply not been a factor in most, if not all, of the accidents at the Terrington turn. The problems have been caused by the poor layout of the junction, and poor judgments made by the people using the junction, at terrible cost to themselves. These factors can only be eliminated by slowing down the approaching traffic, and the best way to do that would be the roundabout locals have been asking for for over a decade, or failing that, a lower speed limit and/or traffic lights. The latest incident involved a lorry, which would have been limited to 55mph, so the implication by the police that this incident could have been prevented by 60mph average speed cameras has the appearance of mendacious propaganda. The big problem I can see with these cameras is that for those motorists who are the most inclined to speed, it will make the parallel (old) route through the villages much more attractive, especially for traffic hopping between the villages, Lynn and Sutton Bridge. The old route has 60mph and 50mph sections, and no cameras. It’s also more dangerous for fast traffic, narrower, with bends and frequent speed limit changes as it goes through the village centres. Finally, I note the money for these seven cameras, which must be around £250,000 if published figures for similar installations are correct, appears to have been found very easily, even though no money could apparently be found for lowering the speed limits at the junctions. My prediction for these cameras is that we will continue to see frequent dangerous accidents at the A17 junctions in West Norfolk, and that we will also see at least one serious speed-related accident on the old road between the villages within a year of these cameras being installed.

Rory Bickle, Jennings Close, Heacham