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Mundford residents express concern for safety of pedestrians along A1065 Swaffham Road

PUBLISHED: 17:30 22 December 2017 | UPDATED: 11:52 23 December 2017

Samantha King, 2nd right, with parish councillors and residents who are appealing for a pedestrian crossing on the Swaffham Road (A1065) at Mundford, which has a high number of HGV lorries using the road. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Samantha King, 2nd right, with parish councillors and residents who are appealing for a pedestrian crossing on the Swaffham Road (A1065) at Mundford, which has a high number of HGV lorries using the road. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Copyright: Archant 2017

Concerned residents have expressed their fears that someone may get hurt on a major Norfolk road which runs through their village.

The Swaffham Road (A1065) at Mundford where residents and parish councillors are calling for a pedestrian crossing, and the road is used by a large number of HGV lorries. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe Swaffham Road (A1065) at Mundford where residents and parish councillors are calling for a pedestrian crossing, and the road is used by a large number of HGV lorries. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Villagers in Mundford said they believe the safety of pedestrians is put at risk when they walk and cross a section of the A1065 Swaffham Road, which is heavily used by cars and lorries.

The part of the road close to the Lynford Road turning has a 40mph limit and safety signs which flash the speed limit to drivers.

Narrow footpaths means pedestrians are close to the traffic and they are forced to cross the road because the paths end on both sides.

Samantha King, who moved into a house on the road two years ago, said she worries every day about her 13-year-old son and other school children.

Samantha King, right, with parish councillors and residents who are appealing for a pedestrian crossing on the Swaffham Road (A1065) at Mundford, which has a high number of HGV lorries using the road. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYSamantha King, right, with parish councillors and residents who are appealing for a pedestrian crossing on the Swaffham Road (A1065) at Mundford, which has a high number of HGV lorries using the road. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The 41-year-old said: “My biggest fear is a fatality. Personally I want the speed to be reduced to 30mph and a crossing installed.

“There are more people moving into the village with children. My son is my main concern but I see the elderly and mothers with pushchairs and joggers crossing.”

Mrs King has written to both Norfolk County Council and MP Elizabeth Truss with her concerns.

She said she would do whatever she can to improve the road for pedestrians and is calling on residents to write letters to the council with their views.

The Swaffham Road (A1065) at Mundford where residents and parish councillors are calling for a pedestrian crossing, and the road is used by a large number of HGV lorries. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe Swaffham Road (A1065) at Mundford where residents and parish councillors are calling for a pedestrian crossing, and the road is used by a large number of HGV lorries. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Stefan Eyres, chairman of the parish council, said the authority tried to have the speed reduced to 30mph around five years ago.

He said there is the potential for a “nasty” accident on the road and the council would fully support residents’ push for the introduction of safety measures.

Resident Peter McKenna walks his dog everyday along the section of road. He said lorries are known to encroach on the opposite lane if they see pedestrians to avoid slowing down.

A spokesman for the county council said no accidents involving pedestrians have been record on the A1065 by police in the last six years.

They added: “Improving road safety is really important to Norfolk County Council, and we and our partners have made good progress in reducing road casualties over the last decade, but we need to prioritise our spending to where evidence suggests it will make the biggest difference.”

A road’s accident history would also affect speed limit changes.

What are your thoughts? Email rebecca.murphy@archant.co.uk

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