Readers take to streetlife.com to debate “Murderous Acle Straight”

Improvements to the perilous stretch have been called for. Picture: James Bass Improvements to the perilous stretch have been called for. Picture: James Bass

Thursday, November 22, 2012
4:54 PM

The voices of those calling for improvements to the Acle Straight are getting louder as the campaign to persuade government to invest in the A47 gathers pace.

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Traffic on the A47 Acle Straight  which runs between Great Yarmouth and Acle passing through Halvergate Marshes.

Picture: James BassTraffic on the A47 Acle Straight which runs between Great Yarmouth and Acle passing through Halvergate Marshes. Picture: James Bass

With Norfolk County Council leaders and politicians launching a fresh attempt to persuade the government to invest in the A47 on Friday (November 23), Mercury readers have taken to www.streetlife.com - a sister website of www.greatyarmouthmercury.co.uk where people discuss local issues - to air grievances.

A discussion started on Streetlife by user Roger K - titled The Murderous Acle Straight - 18 days ago sparked an impassioned debate about the problems with the Acle Straight, which runs from Acle to Great Yarmouth, with 81 comments posted.

Suggestions repeatedly cropping up on the debate include dualling the road - something that has been talked about for years but opposed by the Environment Agency and Broads Authority - imposing a 40mph speed limit, average speed cameras and adding double white lines to prevent overtaking.

Website user June H said on Wednesday: “Dualling will never happen, at least not in the near future! It’s been talked about for many years, and damage to the environment and financial cost have always been the drawbacks.”

Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis. Picture: James Bass.Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis. Picture: James Bass.

While Dick E said: “Chances of dualling expensive so - unlikely [sic], I know it has been talked about for 40 odd years. Nobody listens to locals about local issues they employ consultants from outside and do not have local knowledge.”

Paul A said: “Speed cameras on a single track road will only cause more accidents. I’ve seen it all before, it don’t work as people still do your 50 or 60 [sic} then as they get to the cameras they slam on there brakes then anyone following end up in the back of them.”

Today will see the latest attempt to get investment launched. Consultants Mott MacDonalds have drawn up a report, but this time around it calls for specific sections to be dualled as opposed to the whole, including the Acle Straight.

Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis said: “I am aware of the need for improvements and have supported these requests. Short-term, I believe much would be achieved by moving the ditches further from the road and ensuring safe driving on the road to reduce accidents.”

10 comments

  • Only thing Brandon Lewis likes doing is getting his face in the paper and filling his pockets with expenses. He has not goty a clus what it is like to drive along the Acle straight daily as most of his week is in London while he is claiming allowances for a second home only ditch Brandon knows is the Thames outside the House of Commons.

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    Dave

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • Only thing Brandon Lewis likes doing is getting his face in the paper and filling his pockets with expenses. He has not goty a clus what it is like to drive along the Acle straight daily as most of his week is in London while he is claiming allowances for a second home only ditch Brandon knows is the Thames outside the House of Commons.

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    Dave

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • A vote here to support loco and lensman. Drive the Acle straight tomorrow and you'll see what they mean!

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    wallywalnut

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • What does Brandon Lewis know. He is the so called MP for Yarmouth but unlike Tony Wright, Tony was local. He knew the issues and happy to be there. I have driven this road everyday for over 20 years and all we hear is Blah Blah Blah. When you have billions being spent on the M25 and other motorways roads in Norfolk will never get a look in. Norfolk line left due to no outer harbour, we have this but poor roads.

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    bouncer

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • Excuse me for seeming a bit thick here, but can someone please tell me the last time a road managed to "Murder" someone? It is an inanimate object incapable of doing anything, very similar to some of the idiots who drive on and cause accidents. Dualling the A.47 will cost a fortune and be of very little benefit, make the whole stretch a 40 mph limit and install average speed cameras, far cheaper and may even save lives. Will dualling stop idiots driving like idiots?

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    Mr T

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • I have driven down the straight for many years now, yes there should be some form of improvement but the main issue is the reckless, mindless, could not give a toss about others driver's who are to blame for any accident's that happen. Get on top of them and the road will be safe for all user's.

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    loco

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • Mr T is right. Roads don't "Murder" anyone, its the fools who use them but I don't agree with making it a 40 mph stretch. It's often drivers who go along at 40 mph who make other drivers frustrated then they take chances and overtake.

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    smithy

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • I agree with loco and lensman - it's carelesswreckless drivers and motorcyclists that are the cause of accidents on the Straight.

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    DWW25

    Saturday, November 24, 2012

  • A vote here to support loco and lensman. Drive the Acle straight tomorrow and you'll see what they mean!

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    wallywalnut

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • I agree with loco's comment. I also have driven up & down the Acle straight both as a HGV driver & car driver for the last 35 years. I do not think it will ever be a dual carriage way, certainly not in my lifetime. There has been alot of talk, but nothing gained. It's a shame that some motorists do not take notice of speed limits, & drive like maniac's. Many a time Iv'e had drivers pass me at a horendous speed & then when I get to the Acle roundabout, they are only 2 cars in front. Whats the point I ask.

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    lensman

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

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