New speed camera planned for busy King’s Lynn road

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A new speed camera will be installed on a busy Lynn road if proposals are approved by a new road safety board next week.

The A148 Wootton Road is one of five sites across Norfolk which have been identified as needing the additional safety measure.

However, a camera sited on the A149 at Heacham has been decommissioned, as officials say it can no longer be justified.

The new cameras are among a number of initiatives which are set to be funded by the surplus made from motorists who have attended speed awareness courses in the county over the past year.

The recommendation has been made to the new Norfolk Road Safety Reduction Partnership board, which will meet for the first time next Tuesday, November 11.

Tracy Jessop, assistant director of highways and transport for Norfolk County Council, said yesterday: “Our work has always been data and evidence led.

“We gather information about the collision and its location, but also about the person that was hurt.

“This way we can focus on preventative work to target road users who are the greatest risk of being involved in a collision.”

The new board includes councillors, council officials, emergency and health service representatives and the county’s deputy police and crime commissioner, Jenny McKibben.

It will also be asked to spend £200,000 on the work of four dedicated working groups looking at issues concerning younger drivers, older drivers, motorcyclists, pedestrians and cyclists.

And a further £100,000 is proposed to go towards a new Children’s Traffic Club, for youngsters aged three or over, to help them learn how to negotiate the roads safely.

Although the number of people killed and serious injured on Norfolk’s roads has fallen by around 15 per cent in recent years, officials say the figure increased during August.

Ms Jessop said: “To address this we have decided to bring even more organisations and expertise into our partnership. We are all committed to reversing the current upward trend and ensure that residents and visitors are as safe as possible on Norfolk’s roads.”