Calls for Highways England to attend public meeting and answer questions about A47

Police at the scene of a serious RTC on the A47 near Scarning on April 4. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Police at the scene of a serious RTC on the A47 near Scarning on April 4. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Highways England is being called upon to stand before councillors and answer questions about the state of the A47 in light of the death of a young motorcyclist.

Tonight, town councillors in Dereham expressed anger at what they see as a poor response from the organisation to their previous call for answers.

A motorcyclist in his 20s from the Swaffham area died after crashing into a lorry on the A47 close to Scarning, near Dereham, on April 4.

The tragedy prompted Dereham Town Council to discuss that stretch of the A47, which is an accident black spot, in May.

Dereham Town Council wrote to Highways England to ask what will be done about it.

A response, written by Clive Mitchell, representing Highways England, was discussed by Dereham Town Council last night.

It said: 'The A47 is inspected every week to ensure that it remains safe for you to use.

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'We make potholes safe, usually within 24 hours and if we identify a need for more significant work to repair the road, we will prioritise it through our scheduled works programme.

'I can confirm that a scheme to carry out concrete bay levelling and crack repairs around the Bushy Common area of the A47 are on the forward works programme with a delivery window of October/ November 2016.

'We have also carried out extensive on site investigations to ascertain the cause of the pavement failures here which will enable a future long term renewal scheme to be proposed.'

Dereham town councillor Kate Millbank said: 'This does not answer the questions asked of them and does not even address the area that we are talking about.

'We should contact them again and say we are not happy with their reply.'

Dereham Town Council will write to Highways England asking for a representative to attend a Dereham Town Council meeting.

The council will also invite Norfolk MPs and neighbouring parish councillors.