Call for improvements on Norfolk road as second motorcyclist loses life
- Credit: Ian Burt
Community leaders have emphasised the need for changes to a major road after a second motorcyclist in three weeks lost their life on it.
Emergency services were called to the A134 at Mundford on Sunday after a motorcyclist, travelling from the Thetford direction, came off the road and collided with a lamppost just before the A1065 roundabout.
The rider of the blue and white Suzuki motorbike, a man in his 40s from the Hertfordshire area, died at the scene as a result of his injuries.
It follows the death of a motorcyclist in his 30s, who was riding on the A134 at Lynford when his Suzuki GSXR crashed into a tree on August 26.
After this latest incident, Mundford Parish Council has renewed its calls for improvements to be made on the road, which connects Thetford to King's Lynn.
Stefan Eyres, parish council chairman, said collisions on the road were a 'recurring problem'.
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He witnessed a collision near the Mundford roundabout in the 1990s in which a local man was killed.
'Between Mundford and Thetford, especially, there are numerous places where there have been fatalities along the years.
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'We are a parish council have been talking to our county councillor about this off and on for several years, and we get the same story – that there is no money for improvements.
'I would like to think that two fatalities may do something on that front. We are told road improvements are accident-led,' he said.
Accident hot spots on the road include the Lynford crossroads, with turnings to Grimes Graves and West Tofts, and a hidden dip in the road north of Thetford Rugby Club.
Mr Eyres added: 'By the roundabout the road is wide and the verges, for a few hundred yards on the Thetford side, are well maintained by the parish council. It is not one of the hot spots that people talk about.
'I think the crossroads at Lynford needs looking at. Perhaps as you approach it the speed limit could be reduced to 50mph for a short stretch.
'As for the hidden dip, motorists approaching it from Thetford will overtake on double white lines, and in that dip a car can be lost for several seconds. They think the road is clear and it is not.
'It is not a speeding issue in that area, it is reckless overtaking which causes the accidents.'
Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the collision on Sunday or has information concerning the driving manner of the vehicle prior to the collision to contact them. It is thought that the motorbike was part of a group a mile or so beforehand.
Witnesses should call the Serious Collision Investigation Team (SCIT) at Wymondham on 101.