Calls for speed limit reduction at A148 junction near Sheringham Park after accident

A petition of 300 names is calling for the speed limit at a dangerous junction in North Norfolk to be dropped from 60mph to 40mph.

The move at the A148 crossroads near Sheringham Park comes after a recent crash involving the car of a resident of nearby West Beckham, with two small children on board, who was in a collision with a motorcycle.

It comes as local county councillor John Perry Warnes announced that highways officials would visit the site tomorrow during a tour of other areas of concern including crossroads at Saxthorpe, Bodham, and Aylmerton Roman Camp along with Lodge Corner at Holt.

MP Norman Lamb, who is supporting the speed limit change at Sheringham, said statistics from the police showed that from 2007 to 2009 there had been nine collisions resulting in injury.

District councillor Anthea Sweeney, who is leading the campaign, said 'I have a great deal of concern that every time we cross the junction we take a risk with our lives. A lot of elderly people use the junction and their reactions are slower than those of younger drivers.'


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The petition - backed by 14 district councillors from all parties and which also calls for visibility improvements at the junction near the popular National Trust tourist attraction - has been handed to the Norfolk County Council highways department.

Mr Lamb added: 'I urge the county council to improve this junction. It has been a notorious accident hotspot over the years and this needs to change.'

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The move at the A148 crossroads near Sheringham Park comes after a recent crash involving the car of a resident of nearby West Beckham, with two small children on board, who was in a collision with a motorcycle.

MP Norman Lamb, who is supporting the speed limit change, said statistics from the police showed that from 2007 to 2009 there had been nine collisions resulting in injury.

District councillor Anthea Sweeney, who is leading the campaign, said 'I have a great deal of concern that every time we cross the junction we take a risk with our lives. A lot of elderly people use the junction and their reactions are slower than those of younger drivers.'

The petition - backed by 14 district councillors from all parties and which also calls for visibility improvements at the junction near the popular National Trust tourist attraction - has been handed to the Norfolk County Council highways department.

Mr Lamb added: 'I urge the county council to improve this junction. It has been a notorious accident hotspot over the years and this needs to change.'

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