Demands for safety improvements on A47 Acle Straight from Great Yarmouth MP after 10 vehicles crash in single day

Traffic on the A47 Acle Straight which runs between Great Yarmouth and Acle passing through Halverg

Traffic on the A47 Acle Straight which runs between Great Yarmouth and Acle passing through Halvergate Marshes.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2012

Demands to improve safety on a major road have been made after 10 vehicles crashed in a single day.

There were two separate accidents on the A47 Acle Straight last Thursday (December 15), which caused disruption in the morning and evening rush hours.

Since the beginning of the year there have been 30 accidents along the seven mile stretch of road.

Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis said he has this week written to Highways England to meet him in Parliament to discuss urgent safety works on the route.

'I remain extremely frustrated that despite £10 million being available for safety improvements and repeated requests, Highways England are dragging their feet on improving the safety of the road,' he added.

'Many constituents have written to me with very sensible suggestions, such as reducing the speed limit, banning overtaking and moving the dykes from the side of the road, and I continue to press for these. I wish everyone who was involved in the accidents on this stretch of road yesterday a speedy recovery.'

A Highways England spokesperson said someone from the agency would be happy to meet with Mr Lewis and will respond to his letter in due course.

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They added in a statement: 'Safety is our top priority. Highways England is taking forward six multi-million pound upgrades along the A47 between now and 2020. Each one will improve safety, reduce congestion and boost the economy.

'We are also installing new signs and road markings to improve safety at Acle, in addition to a potential major upgrade after 2020.'

Chairman of Norfolk County Council's Environment, Development and Transport Committee, said Martin Wilby said the council strongly supported the campaign to have the whole of the A47 dualled, and added the Acle Straight was a priority.

'We strongly support the dualling of the whole of the A47 and we have made it clear that Tilney to East Winch and the Acle Straight are priority stretches of road.

'Not only will dualling these sections of the road improve safety and cut journey times, but we believe it will also bring wider economic benefits to businesses, leading to new jobs and increasing the productivity of companies.

'We are currently putting together evidence to make a strong case to the Government to award funding for the dualling, and as part of that work we are carrying out a consultation with local businesses. This is looking particularly at travel issues such as journey times and safety.

The county council's case to dual both the Acle Straight and the Tilney to East Winch stretches near Kings Lynn will be submitted to the Government's funding round for projects between 2020-2025.

Work is currently being carried out by consultants Regeneris as part of an informal consultation that is running from November to the end of December and includes an online survey of businesses and face-to-face meetings with companies.

Members of the public can have their say in the consultation online at: www.a47alliance.co.uk

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