Chedgrave councillor campaigns for improvements to A146/Norwich Road junction following fatal collision

Police at the scene of a fatal collision on the A146 near Chedgrave.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Police at the scene of a fatal collision on the A146 near Chedgrave. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

A junction linking a village to a busy main road is in desperate need of improvement, according to some of its residents.

Concerns have been raised about the safety of the A146/Norwich Road junction, which leads in and out of Chedgrave, near Loddon.

The calls for improvements come after a handful of crashes on the stretch, including one which saw the death of a 25-year-old motorcyclist.

Jacqueline Bircham, chairman of Chedgrave Parish Council, said the junction has been a problem for many years, stretching back to an incident around 20 years ago in which a family friend was killed.

She said: 'It is an extremely dangerous junction made worse by the amount of traffic coming into it and trying to get out.


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'People coming out have to wait for some time as it is constantly busy.'

The parish council is hoping it will be able to secure a roundabout for the junction, or failing this, a lowered speed limit.

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'The speed has always been a big problem there,' she added. 'I think a roundabout would go a long way to sorting this problem out, but if that isn't possible certainly reducing the 60mph speed limit would also have a big impact.'

Barry Stone, Norfolk county councillor for the Loddon division, however, said the council would need to examine the junction's safety record before taking any action.

He said: 'There is already a roundabout scheduled to be built at the George's Lane junction, so we are in danger of having too many in a short stretch of road.

'It may be possible to reduce the speed limit, but we would need to look at the safety record of the road.'

A change in speed limit would be welcomed by the father of a man who died as a result of an accident at the junction.

He said: 'Personally, I don't think it's a dangerous junction as such, but I think there needs to be a whole road approach to the A146.

'A lowered speed limit and the addition of average speed cameras would have a big impact. As a truck driver I often drive the A140 between Norwich and Ipswich, which has 40mph and 50mph speed limits and as a road it just feels safer.

'I think with these things it's always better to be looking at the bigger picture and I do not think it's a particularly bad junction itself, but a whole road approach would be very welcome.'

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