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Work to start near site of crash involving Prince Philip on A149 in West Norfolk



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Work to implement a lower speed limit on the West Norfolk road where the late Prince Philip was involved in a serious collision is set to begin next week.

County transport chiefs approved plans for a 50 mile per hour limit on the A149 between Babingley and Dersingham last summer.

Engineers are now set to begin work in the area next week, as well as on a further stretch between Snettisham and Heacham.

The scene of a crash involving the Duke of Edinburgh on the A149, and inset, Prince Philip (54391792)
The scene of a crash involving the Duke of Edinburgh on the A149, and inset, Prince Philip (54391792)

And officials say further improvements are being considered.

The area came to global prominence in January 2019 when the Duke of Edinburgh, who was 97 at the time, was involved in a collision at a junction on the A149.

He subsequently surrendered his driving licence voluntarily.

Average speed cameras are already in place on the A149.
Average speed cameras are already in place on the A149.

The next day, county councillors gave their backing to a lower limit, though the proposals were the subject of significant local opposition.

But a Norfolk County Council statement, released yesterday, insisted the measures were necessary.

It said: “The speed limit reduction will improve road safety as these two sections of the busy road have a poor injury accident record.

“The southern section between Babingley and the roundabout with the B1440 has had 25 personal injury accidents over the past 10 years. Six were classed as serious and there was one fatality.

“The northern section between Paper Hall Farm and Heacham has seen 22 personal injury accidents over the past 10 years of which three were classed as serious and there was one fatality.”

Work to reduce the limit from the present 60 miles per hour is due to start on Monday or soon after, subject to suitable weather conditions. The project is expected to take around two weeks.

Around £10,000 is due to be spent on the project, of which around half has been drawn from individual member budgets by two county councillors for the area – Stuart Dark and Michael Chenery.

Much of the A149 between Lynn and Hunstanton is already covered by average speed cameras, similar to those which are in place on the A17 to Sutton Bridge.

The council's statement added: “We have also been working on plans for signing and lining improvements at the Church Road and Folly Road junctions in Sandringham, and Beach Road and Common Road junctions in Snettisham.

“Future improvements could also see a new pedestrian crossing installed north of the junction of the A149 and Common Road in Snettisham.”



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