‘If there was to be another accident here it would be entirely their fault’ - tragedy mum’s fury over new footpath beside A148 Cromer to Holt road
A mum whose teenage daughter was killed crossing a fast stretch of road is shocked and angry that Norfolk County Council has built a footpath guiding pedestrians to the exact place of the tragedy.
Karen Seaward says the council has disgraced her daughter Martha's memory and put other lives in danger by advising pedestrians to cross the A148 at that point, with 'Look both ways' now written on the road.
She said: 'If there was to be another accident here it would be entirely their fault.'
Mrs Seaward supports a long-running campaign calling for a reduction in the 60mph speed limit on the A148 Cromer to Holt road at its junction with Lodge Hill and Sheringham Road.
Martha, 15, was hit by a lorry after trying to cross there in January last year.
But a Norfolk County Council spokesman said there was no value in 'setting inappropriate speed limits that are largely ignored by drivers and are difficult to enforce'.
Mrs Seaward, 45, of Coronation Road, Holt, said the fact that some drivers ignored speed limits was a poor argument for not imposing them.
She believed a reduction to 50mph would be realistic and in line with the limit on adjoining stretches.
Mrs Seaward is supported by North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb who said the junction was a complex crossroads used by pedestrians and which included the entrance to the National Trust's popular Sheringham Park.
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'There is a strong case for reducing the speed limit,' he added.
The council spokesman said they were sincerely sorry that the footpath had upset Mrs Seaward.
The £10,000 cost of the work included signs and lowering the verge on the south side of the A148.
She added: 'After what happened to Martha, the last thing we want to do is endanger further lives, which is why we have provided a distinct route for pedestrians and reinforced the crossing point with the signing advising to 'look both ways'.
'We feel that on balance the footpath, signage and verge lowering should provide a safer crossing environment for pedestrians and better visibility for drivers emerging from West Beckham'.
The council was working with landowners on further visibility improvements, and with both Upper Sheringham and East/West Beckham parish councils on a possible vehicle-activated sign encouraging drivers to slow down.