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Road where Prince Philip crashed to have speedcams fromKing's Lynn to Snettisham




The road upon which the Duke of Edinburgh suffered a serious crash in January is to be given speed cameras.

Work will begin next week to install average speed cameras on the A149 in West Norfolk.

From Monday, the Norfolk Safety Camera Partnership scheme, being implemented by Norfolk County Council, will see average speed cameras put in place on the route between the Knights Hill and Snettisham roundabouts.

Prince Philip crash at Babingley. (14251444)
Prince Philip crash at Babingley. (14251444)

To minimise disruption all the work will be taking place overnight between 8pm and 6am.

The road will remain open at all times with traffic lights directing people through overnight lane closures which will be necessary to allow the work to be carried out safely.

“The work is expected to take up to three weeks to complete.

Prince Philip suffered minor injuries in the crash at Babingley when his Land Rover was in collision with a car being driven by a woman from Lynn as he drove towards the main Sandringham estate. A female passenger suffered a broken wrist in the accident.

No prosecutions resulted from the accident and there was no suggestion that speed was to blame for the crash.

The A149 runs through a number of county council divisions. Andrew Jamieson, member for the North Coast division, said: “I’m sure people living on or near the A149 will welcome this safety scheme on the route they travel daily.

“Local residents are clear that a range of safety improvements are needed so we have been looking closely at a number of schemes in addition to the safety cameras.

“This work will soon see improvements to signs and road markings at the Lamsey Lane junction, and we would like to see a lower speed limit, which is why we’re currently consulting on a reduction from 60 to 50mph on two stretches of the road.

“Through this consultation we have also heard loud and clear that some proposed junction closures aren’t the right thing to do, so we won’t be going forward with those measures, but we will continue to look for future improvements on this vital route.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green said:“I know this particular road extremely well, having travelled it over a number of years.

“I’ve long held the view, shared by many and supported by the figures around collisions, that action is needed to improve its safety.

“The Norfolk Safety Camera Partnership approved the speed cameras back in 2016. I’m pleased that the partnership’s proposals are finally being actioned and work to install the cameras is now getting underway.”

Chair of the Norfolk Safety Camera Partnership, Assistant Chief Constable Simon Megicks, said: “In 2016, the decision to fund and proceed with this scheme was agreed by the Safety Camera Partnership Board and it is pleasing to see this finally coming to fruition.”

Martin Wilby, Norfolk County Council cabinet member for highways, infrastructure and transport, said: “This scheme is expected to improve safety on the stretch of the A149 where there have been 50 personal injury accidents over the past six years, of which three were fatalities and 13 involved serious injuries.

“We know this is a key route so we will be working overnight to minimise any disruption.

“We would ask that people bear with us while we carry out this important safety improvement work.”



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