Talks held on new bid to improve notorious A17 junction at Terrington St Clement
A new drive has been launched to bring about improvements to a notorious West Norfolk road junction.
Councillors and transport officials held talks with MP James Wild on Friday to discuss how an upgrade to the A17, where it meets Station Road at Terrington St Clement, might be paid for.
A previous bid to build a roundabout at the junction stalled because of a lack of cash, while lower speed limits have also been proposed.
But Sandra Squire, who represents the village at both borough and county council level, says she fears it is only a matter of time before another fatal crash happens, without action.
She said: “I cross that junction four times a day and some of the things I have seen there are scary, the risks people will take.
“It must be better to do something now, rather than wait for the inevitable accident.”
Mrs Squire said that, although the situation had been improved by the installation of average speed cameras along the A17, the volume of traffic crossing the junction meant further measures are still needed.
The cost of a roundabout has been previously estimated at between £1 million and £1.6 million. County Hall officials yesterday indicated a new assessment would have to be carried out before any work could proceed.
But Mrs Squire believes that, even if Norfolk County Council can’t fund it alone, other ways can be found if there is sufficient support from councils at all levels, plus businesses.
She said: “There are grants that can be applied for if everyone works together.”
One potential funding option may be to use funds generated from the community infrastructure levy (CIL) imposed by West Norfolk Council on planning developments.
The borough council says the mechanism through which CIL funding will be spent has yet to be finalised.
But a spokesman said yesterday: “The purpose of CIL is to provide funding for infrastructure in the borough, so potentially there could be contributions from the CIL pot towards such a scheme as a roundabout at the Station Road, Terrington St Clement Junction of the A17.
“However, there is likely to be significant demand for funds from CIL for a variety of projects, including those relating to education, health as well as roads.”
Mr Wild said: “Road safety is very important and, where there are dangerous junctions, we should act before fatal accidents happen rather than after.
“I look forward to working with local councillors on ways to improve the safety of this junction.”
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