Speed limit to be cut on West Norfolk road around scene of crash involving Prince Philip
The speed limit on a West Norfolk road, where Prince Philip was involved in a serious crash two years ago, will be cut, despite scores of objections.
County transport chiefs have this afternoon confirmed their intention to reduce the maximum limit on two sections of the A149 from 60 miles per hour to 50.
One of the sections affected is between Babingley and the Dersingham roundabout.
It includes the junction near the Sandringham estate where the Duke of Edinburgh, who died in April, aged 99, was involved in a collision with another vehicle in January 2019. He surrendered his driving licence shortly afterwards.
The other section where the limit will be cut is between Snettisham and Heacham.
Officials say that, across the two stretches, there have been a total of 18 personal injury collisions over the last five years.
Of those, three were classed as serious and one led to a fatality.
But a formal consultation on the plan last year saw objections to the proposal outnumber expressions of support by nearly four to one - 42 to 11. More than 100 people also signed a petition against the proposed changes.
However, Martin Wilby, Norfolk County Council cabinet member for transport, today insisted the measure was necessary to improve safety.
He said: “Sadly this part of the A149 has seen a number of serious accidents due to excessive speeds so I welcome this change to help make the route safer for the more than 14,000 vehicles that use it every day.
“We hope this safety improvement will help to complement other recent changes along the road between King’s Lynn and Hunstanton that has seen average speed cameras installed and changes to road signs and markings.”
No specific date has been given for when the new limit comes into force, although the authority says it is expected to be this autumn.
The section between Babingley and Dersingham is currently covered by average speed cameras which enforce the present 60 miles per hour speed limit.