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A public consultation has been launched on plans to cut the speed limit on a West Norfolk road where the Duke of Edinburgh was involved in a crash last year.

County transport chiefs are proposing to reduce the speed limit on two sections of the A149 from 60 miles per hour to 50.

One of them is the stretch from Babingley to the Dersingham roundabout, which includes the scene of the collision which involved Prince Philip in January 2019.

A lower speed limit could be put in place at the scene of the crash involving Prince Philip on the A149.
A lower speed limit could be put in place at the scene of the crash involving Prince Philip on the A149.

A lorry driver also died when his vehicle overturned in that area last month.

The other is the section from the Snettisham roundabout to Heacham, where 10 collisions have been recorded over the last five years. Three of those were serious and one fatal.

The announcement comes just 24 hours after Highways England announced it was starting work on improved safety measures for the A47 at East Winch, including cutting the speed limit there from 50 miles per hour to 40.

Martin Wilby, Norfolk County Council cabinet member for highways, infrastructure and transport, said today: “The accident data shows that cutting the speed on these stretches of road should help to make the route safer.

"I’d urge people to take a look at our plans and let us know their views."

The move follows the installation of average speed cameras, which officials insist are now functioning having not been working for several months, between Knights Hill and Snettisham.

The authority says it is also looking at improving markings and signage at several junctions along the route, as well as the possibility of installing a pedestrian crossing near the Common Road junction at Snettisham.

The lower limit would also cover short sections of side roads which join the A149.

The consultation, which opens today, will run until March 17.

Views can be submitted by emailing trafficorders@norfolk.gov.uk or writing to nplaw, Norfolk County Council, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2DH. Correspondence should be marked for the attention of Hazel Simmons.

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