Councillors have expressed concerns over speed limits on a dangerous stretch of road near Spixworth which claimed two lives in less than three weeks.

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Spixworth Parish Council also wants warning signs to be erected on the B1150 North Walsham Road, alerting drivers to the number of accidents and to encourage them to drive responsibly. Matt Meacham-Roberts, a 19-year-old restaurant worker, died in a crash on June 20, between the junction for Crostwick Lane, Spixworth, and Norwich Rugby Club. Just over two weeks previously, a cyclist in his 40s was killed on the same road at Beeston St Andrew. Councillors have agreed to write to Norfolk County Council’s highways department to request a lowering of the speed limit on the road to 50mph between Sprowston and Spixworth. Chairman Ian Fitt said: “The two fatalities happened on the stretch which is at 60mph, and is between two 50mph zones.

“We feel that it would help – not solve – the situation if we could make it a consistent speed limit.”

The 60mph stretch includes a turn-off for a farm shop, which means vehicles entering or leaving are often travelling at lower speed or looking for a gap in oncoming traffic.

Signs warning drivers to the number of previous accidents on the road would ensure that those who did not know the road well would be aware, added Mr Fitt.

Traffic on the road has increased in recent years and it is expected to get busier still when the NDR is completed.

Mr Fitt added: “We have also looked at maintaining a sign in the area of the accidents to draw attention to motorists that they are entering that section of the road and to be aware of their speed.”

Will reducing the speed limit work? Write to Evening News Letters, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE or email eveningnewsletters@archant.co.uk

13 comments

  • I was driving back along this road towards North Walsham on Thursday, after visiting my mum at the NNUH. As I came round the bend on this dangerous road, I had a car behind me and I could see he was getting impatient. There was four other cars in front of me, and what did this idiot do? Yes, he over took me and the other four vehicles passing the spot where the young man died, and a car coming in the other direction. Its idiots like him that put other in great danger.

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    Sally Gale

    Monday, July 9, 2012

  • Why do we continue to think signs will work when even Mr Fitt ( the chairman of spixworth parish council)thinks that the 60mph limit in question is between two 50s when in fact its between a 50 and and a very small length at 40mph then dropping down to a 30mph before coming to sprowston. In my experience of the Road very few people do 50 or less through our 50 limit anyway. Would it not be better to put speed cameras in the area like the signs along the North walsham road already state we have in place but in fact are not there. People always react when it hits there pockets. If people do not want the cameras then the only reason for this would be that they are breaking the speed limit. You only have to watch peoples break lights when they approach speed cameras. Lets try harder this the last tragic death on this road please.

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    paul marris

    Monday, July 9, 2012

  • I use this road a lot as I live in Spixworth and so often I have vehicles overtaling me on the straight stretch of the road before the Spixworth turning. It amazes me how many drivers pass me by crossing the solid white line at the Spixworth junction as I slow down at this turning. I think putting up signs will do no good as some drivers disregard them.

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    Christopher Neave

    Monday, July 9, 2012

  • How will a 50 limit help?? The cyclist that was killed was WAY over the drink drive limit, had NO lights on, was wearing dark clothing and was riding IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD. That's why he was killed. A 50 limit would not have helped. All 50 limits do are cause congestion and frustration.

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    Lord Elf

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

  • Why are 100mph roads built if the drivers have to travel at 50mph? Why are vehicles produced that can easily travel at twice the top legal speed limit? If you build fast roads and build fast cars, guess what? Some drivers will travel faster than they should.

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    Locallad

    Monday, July 9, 2012

  • How ridiculous. I have every sympathy with te families who have suffered losses, however, this is mainly a straight road, the second fatality happened in the middle of it. There is nothing wrong with the strerch of road. The problem lies with drivers who do not stick to the speed limits and who overtake in the wrong places. Lowering the speed limit will do nothing whatsoever to address either of these issues.

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    IT Man

    Monday, July 9, 2012

  • I use the B1150 regularly and it does seem ridiculous that the complete road isn't limited to 50 mph and of course this will need to be enforced. As regards to Beeston Lane, too many motorists are using it as a short cut when it is supposed to be 'Access Only'. If I remember rightly the road was 'gated' at the top of the hill at one time, and although the gate could be readily opened it put people off using it as a cut through.

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    John L Norton

    Monday, July 9, 2012

  • Just two weeks ago, as I drove up & down that road at between 9.15pm & 9.45pm & saw 3 bikes with no lights on. I also hear & see vehicles driving up & down the 50 mph section at very significantly more than 50 mph. Speed does not kill, stupidity & lack of enforcement does. Enforce the current rules, not just on that road but all roads & the problems will realise they can't get away with doing what they want, when they want. But of course that will involve Police officers & not press officers or CSO's.

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    el84

    Monday, July 9, 2012

  • @ Sally Gale. I use this road a lot. I even had driving lessons there. you do see that a lot. People don't take notice of the solid white lines in the middle of the road. it's as if some drivers don't know what they mean.

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    skeeler

    Monday, July 9, 2012

  • I regularly cycle along this stretch of road, and am not convinced that reducing the limit from 60 to 50 will have any effect. It's a very long straight between a fairly tight bend at Beeston (the site of the cycling fatality mentioned in the article), and a long sweeping curve approaching Crostwick (the site of a further dual fatality a few years ago, not mentioned above). In my experience, cars & motorbikes often travel at 90-100mph along that straight stretch, and hazardous high-speed overtaking manoeuvres are commonplace. Anyone prepared to travel at 100mph will be unlikely to be much impressed or influenced by a speed limit of 50 vs 60mph.

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    airborneyellow

    Monday, July 9, 2012

  • Education, or rather compliance is the order of the day. My opinion is that speed limits anywhere are a distraction. If the driving population was sufficiently competent then speed cameras would be unnecessary. Drivers should be able to see the blindingly obvious that for me today in these weather conditions with the surrounding traffic in this vehicle my speed to tackle this aspect of the road is **. Then again there are many many other things that we should be able to take for granted in life yet there are people with a sufficient level of inconsideration around here to spoil it.

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    George Ezekial

    Monday, July 9, 2012

  • I travel on this section of road usually once a week and the things I have seen are scary. That the Beeston Lane corner is still a 60mph zone beggars belief. For vehicles exiting Beeston Lane it is completely blind, the duration between seeing the road is apparently clear and a vehicle on the B1150 arriving at the junction from the Norwich direction, even at legal speeds, is incredibly short. When you throw in drivers treating the corner as a high speed challenge it is a wonder that there have not been more serious accidents. The straight between there and the Spixworth turn should not be hazardous, were it not for the, speeding, dangerous overtaking and the entrance of the farm shop. Recently I saw an elderly driver, presumably visually impaired, pull out from the shop maybe 30-40 metres in front of a bright red Audi TT with lights on travelling at around the speed limit, the oncoming car turned almost quarter round under emergency braking and I can only presume Electronic Stability Control saved the situation. Greater enforcement of eyesight tests for all drivers would be good and whilst I don't like 50 limits outside of built up areas maybe that on the straight and, a 40 zone for the Beeston Lane junction, with proper enforcement would help reduce accidents.

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    Cyril the Canary

    Monday, July 9, 2012

  • ***Education, or rather compliance is the order of the day***. The best educator is a hefty fine and a ban.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Monday, July 9, 2012

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