Crash prompts drive for improvements to notorious junction in Cromer

Emergency services at the scene of the collision in Norwich Road, Cromer. Picture: ALLY MCGILVRAY.

Emergency services at the scene of the collision in Norwich Road, Cromer. Picture: ALLY MCGILVRAY. - Credit: Archant

A drive is under way to improve road safety at a notorious road junction in Cromer following the latest accident.

Cromer Town Council revealed it will discuss calls for traffic lights to be installed at the the mini-roundabout on Norwich Road, where it meets Cromwell Road, at the next meeting of its planning committee.

It follows a collision involving a light blue Nissan Micra and a white van during rush-hour on Tuesday.

Police, fire and ambulance crews raced to the scene after the alarm was raised around 5pm.

A trapped passenger had to be freed from the car. An air ambulance was scrambled and landed on the sports field at Cromer Academy nearby.

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And traffic was disrupted while the wreckage was cleared from the road.

Responding to concerns, Cromer Mayor Tim Adams said: 'I don't know the circumstances or cause of the accident, but the visibility from Cromwell Road towards town from the roundabout isn't good. Vehicles do often approach it too fast. We've all experienced that difficulty there.

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'Obviously, the costs of traffic lights are significant and may prohibit any changes in the near future, but following this accident, and when the circumstances are fully known, I'm sure we'll discuss it again.'

Other suggestions proposed include removing the roundabout and reverting to a T-junction while opening up Overstrand Road to two-way traffic to ease congestion.

Councillor Adams added: 'We'll discuss it at our next planning meeting to see if anything can be done. Leaving traffic lights aside, there might other ways of calming the traffic that are more worthy of consideration.'

Motorists have reported a number of near-misses since the mini-roundabout was built at the junction, which is overlooked by Halsey House - one of The Royal British Legion's Care Homes.

Graeme Thomson, who lives by the mini-roundabout, said: 'This is the sixth accident at this junction since we moved here two years ago. It's getting beyond a joke. There should be traffic lights there.'

Nick Day added: 'It's a terrible junction. You have to stick your nose out to see what's coming up the road, often at high speed. Countless times I've nearly lost the front of my car.'

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