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New speed cameras to be installed on road where Prince Philip had crash

PUBLISHED: 15:03 24 July 2019 | UPDATED: 10:10 25 July 2019

New safety cameras are set to be installed between roundabouts in Knights Hill and Snettisham

New safety cameras are set to be installed between roundabouts in Knights Hill and Snettisham

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New average speed cameras are set to be installed on the A149 in West Norfolk.

The new safety cameras will be located on the route between roundabouts at Knights Hill and Snettisham

The installation will begin on Monday July 29 with all work taking place overnight between 8pm and 6am to minimise disruption. The road will remain open while work is taking place with traffic lights directing drivers through lane closures.

Work is being carried out by Norfolk County Council and is expected to take up to three weeks to complete.

Chairman of the Norfolk Safety Camera Partnership, assistant chief constable Simon Megicks, said: "We have continuously been in support of road safety improvements on the A149 between Castle Rising and Snettisham. In 2016, the decision to fund and proceed with this scheme was agreed by the Safety Camera Partnership Board and it is pleasing to see this finally coming to fruition."

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Prince Philip escaped injury on the road when his Land Rover Freelander overturned after being hit by an oncoming car when pulling out of a driveway on the Sandringham Estate. The other vehicle involved, a Kia, was carrying a nine-month-old baby boy, his mother who was driving, and Emma Fairweather as a passenger. The baby was unhurt, but both women had to be treated in hospital.

At the time of the accident Ms Fairweather, who broke her wrist, called for the duke to be prosecuted if found to be at fault.

In a letter believed to have been hand delivered to Ms Fairweather's home in King's Lynn, the 97-year-old royal said "I know very well the amount of traffic that uses that main road" and wished her a "speedy recovery" adding he "failed to see the car coming".

Martin Wilby, Norfolk County Council cabinet member for transport, said: "This scheme is expected to improve safety on the stretch of the A149 where there have been 50 personal injury accidents over the past six years, of which three were fatalities and 13 involved serious injuries.

"We know this is a key route so we will be working overnight to minimise any disruption. We would ask that people bear with us while we carry out this important safety improvement work."

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