Community raises safety concerns over busy junction where Holt teenager Martha Seaward was killed

Residents, councillors and Norman Lamb MP meet at the Sheringham road junction at Lodge Hill. Left to right, East and West Beckham Parish Council member Tim Driver, chairman of Upper Sheringham Parish Council Jon Dorey and Norman Lamb MP.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY Residents, councillors and Norman Lamb MP meet at the Sheringham road junction at Lodge Hill. Left to right, East and West Beckham Parish Council member Tim Driver, chairman of Upper Sheringham Parish Council Jon Dorey and Norman Lamb MP. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Sophie Wyllie sophie.wyllie@archant.co.uk
Monday, January 20, 2014
7:00 AM

The urgent need to improve the safety of a busy junction where a Sheringham High School pupil was killed was raised by angry villagers, teenagers and councillors this weekend.

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Residents, councillors and Norman Lamb MP meet at the Sheringham road junction at Lodge Hill. 
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLYResidents, councillors and Norman Lamb MP meet at the Sheringham road junction at Lodge Hill. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

A large group met outside Sheringham Park, on the A148/Lodge Hill junction on Saturday where Martha Seaward, 15, from Coronation Road, Holt, died on January 10 when she was in collision with a lorry.

There have been long-standing concerns about the safety of that particular stretch of the A148, which has a speed limit of 60mph.

Dozens of people have signed three petitions to improve the junction within days of Martha’s death and North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb, who was at the meeting, wants to raise the issue with Norfolk County Council.

Mr Lamb said: “People feel very strongly about this and understandably so. It is a trauma and obviously horrifying for the family.

“The real anger here is, the community has been making the case [to improve the junction] for a long time and feel no-one has listened.”

As well as district and county councillors, representatives from Upper Sheringham, East and West Beckham Parish Council and Bodham Parish Council were at the meeting. Tim Roderick, headteacher of Sheringham High School was also present with pupils and school fiends of Martha, who had set up a petition.

Mr Roderick said the teenager’s death was like “ripping the heart out of a community”.

“I use this junction every day to and from school and it is too fast. It takes a tragedy like this to put the resources towards a road. No-one should have to go through what Martha’s family has gone through. There has got to be a reduction in speed and traffic calming,” he added.

Ideas included a roundabout, flashing lights, speed cameras and a place to stop in the middle of the road.

David Harrison, county council cabinet member, who was not at the meeting said: “A safety study of the junction of the A148 with the B1157 [Lodge Hill] was carried out in 2009, and this showed accidents were caused by failure to give way. Improvements in visibility and signing and lining have helped reduce this type of accident, with two recorded in the last three years.

“Our response to this new, dreadful accident must be to understand the circumstances and see whether there is anything to learn from this and the other recent accidents at the site.”

For more information about petitions search The Fight To Make The A148/Lodge Hill Junction Safer on Facebook.

4 comments

  • It is pleasing and encouraging to know that at last someone is giving more thought to this serious traffic problem on the busy A148. I spend upwards to nine months of the year using this section of road as do the remaining large number of visitors to Woodlands Caravan park nearby. It is however very sad that any action that may come about has resulted from this sad loss of a young life. Keep at it Parish Councils don't stop until you have achieve a result. Oh and it was nice to see Josh turn out.

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    guardsman

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • im amazed there wasn't an accident while all these people were standing in the line of sight on Saturday and the rubber neckers surely this could have been discussed somewhere more sensible. as for a roundabout I doubt that would happen if felbrigg cant get one .

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    i am mostly wrong??

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • If I understand correctly the buses were stopped from going through West Beckham a few years back because it was too dangerous. If so how then is it acceptable to allow people to get off said bus and then cross this busy road if even buses aren't deemed safe going across it?

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    Jono

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • I drive this stretch of road regularly and it is fast. I would also like to remind pedestrians on this road that high viz gear is essential. You need to be seen in the dark.

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    samphirelover

    Monday, January 20, 2014

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