December 6 2013 Latest news:
Alex Hurrell, Reporter
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Road safety campaigners in Cromer want the army to help them build a footbridge.
Representatives from the town and a number of surrounding villages met yesterday to discuss long-standing concerns about Holt Road, Cromer.
The “pan-parish” meeting agreed to ask Norfolk County Council to approach the Royal Engineers and the Territorial Army and ask if they would take on the bridge-building project.
Steps to Safety Campaign supporters want a footbridge over the Holt Road railway bridge which supporters claim is dangerous for pedestrians to use. They are not satisfied with safety improvements carried out by Norfolk County Council earlier this year which included a white line drawn along the road over the bridge to separate pedestrians from traffic.
The county council says a footbridge, although the “ideal solution”, is not affordable at present.
Paul Donnachie, capital programme manager environment, transport and development with the county council, has also rejected the pan-parish call for a 30mph limit along the A148 past the Felbrigg junction, and on the B1436 past Felbrigg Hall.
He said the county council considered the current speed limits to be “appropriate” and there was little value in limits which would largely be ignored. But yesterday’s meeting dismissed his response as “fatuous”. Members agreed to submit the case for a 30mph limit to the county council’s speed management strategy review, expected this autumn.
The meeting, which is open to council representatives from Cromer, Aylmerton, The Runtons, and Felbrigg, was also attended by county councillor David Harrison, whose portfolio includes transport.
He agreed to question county officers about the cost of building a mini roundabout at the A148 Felbrigg junction. Campaigners claim this would ease traffic flows and cut dangers caused by right-turning traffic from Felbrigg Road whose visibility to the left is impaired.
To date the county council has maintained that only a large roundabout would be suitable for the site and that it would be too expensive to build, at £300,000.
Mr Harrison said he sympathised with the campaigners’ demands but said Norfolk County Council was facing “an unprecedented hammer” on its finances and had to take £76m out of its budget.
However, the government had promised that in 2015 it would make £2bn available for infrastructure projects.
He added: “Hang on. The rainy days will still be here for another couple of years but then the sun will come out.”