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Hardwick Bridge Park residents calling for lower speed limits on Hardwick Road King's Lynn..LtoR, Outside the Park Entrance, Sheran and Stephen Twaite-Smith with Peter and Pam Baisden. (6334840)
Hardwick Bridge Park residents calling for lower speed limits on Hardwick Road King's Lynn..LtoR, Outside the Park Entrance, Sheran and Stephen Twaite-Smith with Peter and Pam Baisden. (6334840)

People living alongside one of Lynn’s busiest roads say they fear someone will die unless urgent action is taken to improve safety.

Talks have taken place in a bid to resolve concerns raised by residents of the Hardwick Bridge Park, following a crash in the area last week.

But they fear the measures currently proposed are not enough and want the existing 30 miles per hour speed limit on Hardwick Road extended, even though county roads officials say that is not needed.

Resident Peter Baisden, whose own car was badly damaged in an incident there last May, said the issues were not only a danger to him and his neighbours, but also to pedestrians who walk over the bridge.

He believes walkers are potentially at risk of being pulled into the path of vehicles travelling at the higher limit and other options, such as making residents only turn left into the park would not help.

Asked what would happen without action, he said: "There will be a death eventually."

A meeting was held at the site last Thursday, involving residents, local representatives, police and county highways officials, following an incident on New Year's Eve.

New road markings are planned to alert drivers along with a speed detection sign. The latter would be funded from the transport budget of the area's county councillor, Alexandra Kemp

A Norfolk County Council spokesman said: “Even though this section of road does not meet the criteria for a 30mph limit we do want to help remind drivers not to exceed the current 40mph limit.

"This sign will be in addition to warning signs in advance of Hardwick Bridge Park that are already in place, and ‘keep clear’ road markings will soon be painted to make sure the access remains clear for residents.”

But Miss Kemp says the council's approach does not go far enough.

She said: "This is a residential area and people are finding it treacherous."



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