Pledge to make rat-run in Long Stratton a priority for safety scheme

Steve Lansdell and Abbie Jones-Docherty ,with Oscar, in St Michaels Road, Long Stratton

Steve Lansdell and Abbie Jones-Docherty ,with Oscar, in St Michaels Road, Long Stratton - Credit: Archant

Safety measures are to be implemented on a Long Stratton road – 10 months after concerned residents attended a public meeting demanding action.

Norfolk County Council has said it will prioritise St Michael's Road in the south Norfolk village for its white line painting programmes.

The road is a 20mph and access-only road that has become what residents call 'a rat-run' with vehicles regularly breaking the speed limit and posing a hazard to pedestrians and home owners.

In October 2015, about 30 residents met police and other councils' representatives to see what could be done to stop the problem – with a demand for white lines to make drivers aware they are driving on the wrong side of the narrow road. The residents had also asked for increased police patrols and for the installation of a speed measuring camera to be looked at by their parish council.

Steve Lansdell, 56, who works for the ambulance service, has been campaigning for action to be taken.

He said: 'I'm very happy to see the county council taking some interest at least in the safety aspect of the road.'

Dianne Mead, 72, has seen two cars damage her property by driving too fast along the road. Demanding more action, she said: 'The last two months it has got even worse.'

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HGV driver Garry Bonnell, 52, said the actions of drivers were 'disgusting' and feared for residents' safety.

Abbie Jones-Docherty, 35, mother to 15-month-old Oscar, added she was worried all the time about the problem.

A Norfolk County Council spokesman said: 'We have programmed the centre-lines for St Michael's Road and have advised our contractor to prioritise the works.'

Norfolk police say residents are welcome to email their local safer neighbourhood team to ask for a presence to manage speeding traffic.

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