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Revealed: The top 10 accident blackspots in Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 16:11 07 January 2018 | UPDATED: 08:38 08 January 2018

A146 Hales Junction, which is to be upgraded by Norfolk County Council. Picture: Norfolk County Council

A146 Hales Junction, which is to be upgraded by Norfolk County Council. Picture: Norfolk County Council

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The top 10 junctions with the worst accident rates in the county have been revealed.

Norfolk County Council released the list as work gets under way on the county’s most dangerous junction, at the A146 in Hales, in a £1.6m project designed the boost safety.

The junction was identified as one in urgent need of improvement, with Norfolk County Council assessing its accident record and finding it to be the most dangerous in 
the county. After Hales, the most perilous based on the level of traffic and number of casualties:

• Trowse, A146/A47 sliproads, where there have been 20 accidents in six years. There have been 40 casualties at the site in that time, two of them serious. A new 50mph speed limit was introduced last year.

• North Repps, A140/A149 junction, where there were three accidents in six year and three casualties.

District councillor Angie Fitch-Tillet represents the ward of Northrepps, where three accidents have occurred in the last six years on the A140/A149 junction.

She said: “There’s not a lot more we can do about the A140/A149 junction. There’s a huge checker board at the end of the road to tell drivers to slow down, and it’s a big, wide straight road. In some cases it has to be that drivers are using the road appropriately for the conditions.”

• Fakenham, A148/B1105 Cherry Tree Corner, where there were 10 accidents in six years and 16 casualties, five of them serious.

• Hempton, B1146/C550 junction, where there were five accidents in six years, and 10 casualties.

• Scoulton/Carbrooke, B1108/B1077 junction, where there were three accidents in six years and six casualties, one of which was serious.

• Newton Flotman, A140/C180 junction, where there were 10 accidents in six years, with 18 casualties. One of those was fatal, and a further two were serious.

• Crimplesham/Stradsett/Fincham, A1122/A134 junction, where there were seven accidents in six years and 12 casualties.

• Felbrigg, A148/B1436 junction, where there were five accidents in six years and five casualties, one serious. A new roundabout was built in 2017.

Parish councillor Dennis Connoley said: “We campaigned for 10 years to have a roundabout built on the junction of the A148/B1436. Now we’re seeing it make a big difference and have seen the problems virtually eradicated.”

• Repps with Bastwick, B1152/A149 junction, where there were eight accidents in six years and 12 casualties, two of which were serious.

A Norfolk County Council spokesperson, said: “We regularly review the junctions we’d most like to improve based on their accident rate and make sure we’re able to respond swiftly to any potential funding, either from government or developers, by having feasibility studies and business cases ready to go. Last year we were successful in getting the money for the Hales A146 junction improvement and are always looking for ways we can get schemes built.

“Looking ahead we’re planning to undertake feasibility studies on the remaining locations during 2018-19 to confirm the outline costs, benefits and priority of the sites.”

The Norfolk Constabulary, in partnership with the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service and the East of England Ambulance Service, has been very proactive in combatting dangerous driving on Norfolk’s roads by young people.

Lorne Green, Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “We’ve reached 1,000 plus young people thanks to our campaign, Operation Impact, through going into schools and giving presentations.

“It’s impossible to say how many lives this will save, but even if it saves just one then it’s a success.”

He added: “Every student which attends an Operation Impact campaign is asked to sign a pledge that they will drive safely on the roads, and we check back with every person that attends after three months to make sure they still remember the ‘Fatal Four’ errors of drivers: speeding, using a mobile, not wearing a seat belt and drink/drug driving.”

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