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Cameras trained on Broadland Northway roundabouts as council assesses traffic issues

PUBLISHED: 08:21 17 July 2018 | UPDATED: 18:46 17 July 2018

Martin Wilby, chairman of Norfolk County Council's environment, development and transport committee, Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Martin Wilby, chairman of Norfolk County Council's environment, development and transport committee, Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Drivers using roundabouts on the Broadland Northway are being monitored on camera, as council bosses look to assess their safety.

Boxes have been set up on four of the main roundabouts on the new route, with cameras trained on the way drivers are using the junctions.

It is hoped the cameras - which have been set up in four locations - will inform Norfolk County Council whether any changes are required to help motorists negotiate the roundabouts.

The cameras have been placed at the Drayton, North Walsham, Wroxham and airport roundabouts.

It comes after concerns were raised about just how user-friendly the roundabouts on the £205m road are - with some road-users complaining about their markings and lay-out.

However, a council report published earlier this month argued that a spate of collisions on the road were due to drivers going too fast - not roundabout design.

Martin Wilby, the council’s chairman of environment, development and transport committee, said: “The cameras put up over the weekend we are hoping they will give us an idea of just what is happening on the Broadland Northway.

“We will be monitoring queue lengths, how quickly the traffic is moving around the junctions and the way people are driving on the road.”

Mr Wilby said the council would continue to monitor the road to get the fullest possible picture of how motorists were acclimatising to the new route and any improvements that could be made.

The council report, which was published earlier this month, said the roundabouts to the north of the airport and on the Wroxham Road had proved to be problematic.

It said: “Issues appear to be speed-related at the airport roundabout, where drivers run into the central island, and collisions seem to be arising when people are changing lanes at the Wroxham Road roundabout.”

The Wroxham Road roundabout was the first to receive the traffic-monitoring cameras, but the devices have since been added to further points on the road.

The cameras began recording traffic movements on Saturday morning, July 14 and will continue to record until Friday evening.

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