A47 death at Dereham prompts fresh talks on road safety

Police at the scene of the fatal crash on the A47 near Scarning on April 4.. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Police at the scene of the fatal crash on the A47 near Scarning on April 4.. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The death of a young motorcyclist on the A47 near Dereham has prompted fresh talks on how safety can be improved on the road.

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Dereham Town Council is due to discuss accident statistics on the A47 near Dereham tomorrow night.

Town and district councillor Kate Millbank asked for the item to be put on the agenda, after a motorcyclist, in his 20s, from the Swaffham area died after crashing with a lorry on the A47 close to Scarning on the morning of Monday, April 4.

Mrs Millbank said: 'There are so many accidents and deaths on that stretch of road.

'I drive along it most days - it is a death trap.


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'The quality of the road surface is very poor and I often find myself veering from side to side.

'The A47 is due to be upgraded but it seems that these works are being delayed.'

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Over a 10-year period, between January 1, 2005 and December 31, 2015, there has been 59 fatal collisions, and 230 serious collisions on the A47 in Norfolk.

Motorbike fatalities have been in the spotlight in the county since the successful David's Story campaign which showed footage of the crash in which biker David Holmes lost his life.

Mr Holmes, 38, from Norwich died in a crash on the A47 at Honingham, near Dereham on June 8, 2013.

Mrs Millbank said: 'We are now working on a Neighbourhood Plan, which will shape Dereham for the next 20 years or so, and I think road safety and the A47 is an important part of that.

'I'm not sure yet what can be done, but I think it is time we as a town council discussed it and start to work closely with Breckland Council and Norfolk County Council to see what is possible.'

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