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Meeting pledge on speeding drivers

PUBLISHED: 12:32 31 January 2010 | UPDATED: 16:29 30 June 2010

police have promised to meet local people in an effort to solve speeding problems in a busy Great Yarmouth road.

Insp Nick Cheshire and Sgt Les Elliott are to call all residents in Caister Road to a meeting to work out how to deter motorists from breaking its 30 and 40mph limits.

police have promised to meet local people in an effort to solve speeding problems in a busy Great Yarmouth road.

Insp Nick Cheshire and Sgt Les Elliott are to call all residents in Caister Road to a meeting to work out how to deter motorists from breaking its 30 and 40mph limits.

They made the pledge at a meeting with Caister Road resident Ken Bloodworth, county councillor Tom Garrod, county council highways engineer Carl Dawdry, Mark Llewellyn, community development worker with Community Connections, and police traffic management

officer David Law on Friday.

Cllr Garrod, who represents Yarmouth North and Central ward, had organised the get-together after Mr Bloodworth had contacted him with his concerns about speeding.

The retired lorry driver had told the Mercury a year ago that he wanted more visible speed limit signs, including painted-on signs, to help slow the traffic down. Another pref-erred 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.

Friday's meeting at the Furzedown Hotel discussed the concerns, and a number of suggestions were made to combat speeding, including 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.

Another suggestion was to put speed humps in place, but Mr Dawdry warned that this would be difficult as it was an A-class road.

After the meeting, Mr Bloodworth said: “I am happy with the way it went, but I would have liked to have seen some speed cameras down that road, which I don't think they are going

to do.”


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