Danger kerb problem in Great Yarmouth could be solved with £3,000 railings scheme

Norfolk County Councillor Mick Castle has raised the issue of Great Yarmouth's dangerous kerb. Pictu

Norfolk County Councillor Mick Castle has raised the issue of Great Yarmouth's dangerous kerb. Picture: David Hannant - Credit: Archant

The problem of a dangerous kerb in Great Yarmouth, which has seen people regularly trip over it, looks to have been solved.

After an accident which left a man in hospital with head injuries, this newspaper highlighted the issue of the pavement in Regent Road to Norfolk County Council.

People then contacted the paper to say they had tripped themselves or witnessed falls with people misjudging or not noticing the height of the kerb.

Proposals have now been put in place by the county council for railings to be installed along the stretch of pavement edge from opposite the KFC to near Costa Coffee in a bid to prevent further falls.

A spokesman for the council said: 'We've listened to the concerns raised about this kerb by local people and, having looked at a number of options, we believe extending the railing is the best solution and should prevent people tripping. While there are a few steps we need to take before we can install the new railing, we're keen to get on with this as soon as possible.'

Mick Castle, a county councillor who raised concerns with the highways department, said: 'As the local county councillor I'm pleased that our engineers have got on with their review of this hazard so quickly and come up with a means to prevent further injuries.

'I'm fairly confident that we can get the monies in place to enable the work to be done as soon as possible.'

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Mr Castle spoke to a county council engineer who said the preferred option would be to link existing railings near the bus station along the pavement to Theatre Plain.

There would be three crossing points on the Market Gates side of the road – the existing one opposite KFC, outside Costa Coffee and one somewhere in the middle.

The estimated cost would be around £3,000, which has yet to be allocated.

The engineer said the paving in its current form had been successfully used in other towns without such safety issues.

Mr Castle first raised the issue four years ago.

After an inspection the kerb was deemed to conform to safety standards but a white line was painted next to it so it was more visible.

The engineer added this failed to reduce the numbers of reported incidents to an acceptable level.