Norfolk boasts one of the quietest A-roads in Great Britain
- Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2010
The A1062 is miles from the fast lane and it's a treat for motorists.
It wends its way through stunning Broadland countryside, linking some of the region's prettiest villages.
And while the A1062 can stake a strong claim to being among our most picturesque routes, there is another title that it has already secured.
The 7.7-mile road, which runs from Hoveton to Potter Heigham, has been named as the quietest A-road in East Anglia. An analysis of Department for Transport traffic data also identified the A1062 as the seventh quietest in the entire country.
The road is noted for a string of tourist attractions along its way, among them Bewilderwood, the museum at the former RAF base at Neatishead and How Hill.
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It also passes the villages of Horning and Ludham, crossing the river Ant at Ludham Bridge. The road starts at a mini roundabout in Hoveton and joins the A149 at Potter.
The road is designated a 'rural route' by Norfolk County Council, as part of a DfT scheme to improve safety. A spokesman said it was intended to remind motorists it was a 'countryside route with a predominantly leisure function, and therefore encourage a different driving style'.
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Officials have identified the A1062 as a tourism axis to such an extent that it is currently being transformed to include a walking and cycle path, linking the various locations.
Construction work is ongoing, with the Three Rivers Way project, which saw temporary traffic lights in place in recent weeks between Hoveton and Horning. So while it may be the quietest, it is not necessarily the quickest.
Adrian Lupson, of Ludham Parish Council, has said despite this new status, he would like to see it even quieter, saying: 'I think it would be much nicer if there were fewer coaches on the road.'
The DfT data were studied and analysed by the car rental company firm Avis, which compiled the list.
• SEVEN QUIETEST A-ROADS IN BRITAIN
1. A897 – Scotland – Helmsdale to Halladale Bridge
2. A481 – Wales – Llanelwedd to Llanfihangel Nant Melan
3. A3078 – Cornwall – Probus to St Mawes
4. A5091 – Lake District – Ullswater to Troutbeck
5. A686 – Cumbria and Northumberland – Penrith to Haydon Bridge
6. A1111 – Lincolnshire – Alford to Sutton-on-sea
7. A1062 – Norfolk – Hoveton to Potter Heigham