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Will your road be made safer? Almost 140 Norfolk road safety schemes get £370,000 boost

PUBLISHED: 21:01 17 March 2017 | UPDATED: 21:01 17 March 2017

A Speed Awareness Message (SAM2)

A Speed Awareness Message (SAM2)

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Communities across Norfolk will benefit from a string of road improvements after more than £370,000 of funding was approved for 136 projects.

Speed activated flashing signs to slow down speeding motorists, new bus shelters and roadside paths are just some of the projects to get the green light.

Norfolk county councillors approved the cash today, through its Parish Partnerships scheme, today. The money will be matched by parish and town councils.

The Norfolk Safety Camera Partnership (SafeCam) has also agreed to contribute £80,000 towards SAM2 - signs which flash the speed of drivers.

Martin Wilby, chairman of the environment, development and transport committee, said: “Over the past six years over £2m has helped meet local highway priorities such as reducing speeds in towns and villages, paying for a bus shelters and creating new roadside paths.

Martin Wilby, chairman of Norfolk County Council's environment, development and transport committeeMartin Wilby, chairman of Norfolk County Council's environment, development and transport committee

“This year we encouraged bids for the mobile SAM2 speed awareness signs that flash the driver’s actual speed as checks show that these are more likely to be effective in reducing speeds than the fixed type of sign that simply flashes up the speed limit.

“And we have been successful in encouraging parishes who have never bid for parish partnership funding in the past with 35 first time bids received this year.”

The most popular bids this year have been for the SAM2 signs, with 56 applications made in this round, another favourite is the trod which has attracted 26 bids. Trods are low-cost footpaths, made with recycled road surface material.

Other schemes include vehicle activated signs and village gateways - which show the name of settlements and encourage drivers to slow down.

And there has been funding for six part-time advisory 20mph speed limit signs, known as wig wags, with flashing warning lights, to help promote safety at schools.

The Parish Partnership scheme was first launched in September 2011, offering up to half the cost of successful bids from an initial £100,000 fund, with town/parish councils contributing the balance.

The committee also approved a new local member highways budget. That will make just over £500,000 available, with each councillor having £6,000 to contribute towards local highway work.

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