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Worst accident hotspots revealed for Great Yarmouth

PUBLISHED: 15:40 27 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:40 27 September 2018

Drivers will be unable to turn into Hall Road, Hopton-on-Sea, from the A47 while works are in progress.Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Drivers will be unable to turn into Hall Road, Hopton-on-Sea, from the A47 while works are in progress.Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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More than 800 people were injured in road accidents across Great Yarmouth’s main urban area in the last five years according to new figures.

The majority of fatal accidents were on Beccles Road, in Bradwell, although Yarmouth saw the highest concentration of accidents involving cars, cyclists and pedestrians.

Data presented as part of a borough council transport strategy shows there were 73 accidents across six main clusters in the town centre including Hall Quay, St Peter’s Road and Southtown Road - with a hike during July and August.

Of the accidents five are listed as fatal.

Four of them happened on the A143 Beccles Road.

They are listed as:

• A single vehicle travelling north on Shrublands Way at excess speed driving into the A47 bridge footing.

• A vehicle travelling towards the town centre and colliding with the concrete flyover support of the A47.

• A pedestrian stepping out into the path of a vehicle at the junction with Crab Lane.

• A single vehicle and a passenger falling from the cargo area of a car when turning round the corner at the junction with King’s Drive.

• A pedestrian walking into the path of a vehicle on Burgh Road.

The papers include a map showing all injury accidents from July 1 2013 and June 30 2018.

They reveal that beyond the central area the worst accident cluster was on the A47/A143 where there were 12 accidents, two of which were fatal and four serious.

The stretch between Clarkes Road and Cross Road on Gorleston High Street was also highlighted with 15 accidents.

The same number were recorded in the Gapton Hall/Pasteur Road area.

Meawhile some 192 accidents were also logged involving pedestrians and cyclists, 89 of which were in the town centre and 103 elsewhere.

The report says the largest concentrations were at Bridge Road/Hall Quay,
Alexandra Road/Deneside, North Quay and around the High Street in Gorleston.

On North Quay there were two serious accidents involving pedal cycles and one involving a pedestrian. There were two more on Haven Bridge involving cyclists and two serious accidents involving people crossing the road in the William Adams Way/Southtown Road area.

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