Caister Road residents' speed gun bid

A NEW speedwatch group could be formed in Great Yarmouth to tackle speeding problems on one of the town's busiest streets.Caister Road resident Ken Bloodworth has met 16 other residents who have all expressed an interest in joining the group, which will monitor the speed of cars to deter motorists from breaking the 30 and 40mph speed limits.

A NEW speedwatch group could be formed in Great Yarmouth to tackle speeding problems on one of the town's busiest streets.

Caister Road resident Ken Bloodworth has met 16 other residents who have all expressed an interest in joining the group, which will monitor the speed of cars to deter motorists from breaking the 30 and 40mph speed limits.

A meeting will be held at St Paul's Church in Yarmouth at 6pm on April 26 to discuss setting up the group.

Retired lorry driver Mr Bloodworth told the Mercury a year ago he wanted more visible speed limit signs including painted signs to help slow the traffic down.

Another preferred option of his was installing more speed cameras. He was particularly concerned about the safety of elderly residents living in sheltered accommodation close to the traffic lights at the junction with Salisbury Road.

Speedwatch groups are responsible for organising poster and publicity campaigns in the local press urging motorists to keep their speed down.

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Mr Bloodworth met police and borough councillors at the Furzedown Hotel in Yarmouth in January to discuss ways of combating the speeding problem. Suggestions made included installing speed humps and making all of Caister Road a 30mph zone.

Currently, the 30mph extends as far as the traffic lights with Jellicoe Road. The rest of the road heading out of town to the Caister bypass roundabout is 40mph.

This has created problems with cars coming into Yarmouth from Caister still travelling at 40mph in the 30mph zone.