Progress made on Acle Straight plans

TRIALS to establish whether moving water-filled roadside ditches on the Acle Straight would harm wildlife could begin in the autumn.The A47 Alliance, which campaigns for improvements on the dual carriageway, heard the Highways Agency had made progress in securing land for dyke relocation trials, which will involve moving some of the dangerous ditches away from the roadside.

TRIALS to establish whether moving water-filled roadside ditches on the Acle Straight would harm wildlife could begin in the autumn.

The A47 Alliance, which campaigns for improvements on the dual carriageway, heard the Highways Agency had made progress in securing land for dyke relocation trials, which will involve moving some of the dangerous ditches away from the roadside.

A number of motorists have died by drowning after their vehicles left the road and fell into the water filled ditches.

However, in October landowners on the Acle Straight said the Agency had still not called them about taking their land, even though the trial had first been mooted in 2005.

The Alliance has also raised concerns about the layout of the lanes on the recently improved A12 Gapton Hall roundabout in Yarmouth, saying this was leading to lanes being blocked, affecting the traffic flow.