Readers take to streetlife.com to debate “Murderous Acle Straight”

Improvements to the perilous stretch have been called for. Picture: James Bass Improvements to the perilous stretch have been called for. Picture: James Bass

Thursday, November 22, 2012
4:54 PM

The voices of those calling for improvements to the Acle Straight are getting louder as the campaign to persuade government to invest in the A47 gathers pace.

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Traffic on the A47 Acle Straight  which runs between Great Yarmouth and Acle passing through Halvergate Marshes.

Picture: James BassTraffic on the A47 Acle Straight which runs between Great Yarmouth and Acle passing through Halvergate Marshes. Picture: James Bass

With Norfolk County Council leaders and politicians launching a fresh attempt to persuade the government to invest in the A47 on Friday (November 23), Mercury readers have taken to www.streetlife.com - a sister website of www.greatyarmouthmercury.co.uk where people discuss local issues - to air grievances.

A discussion started on Streetlife by user Roger K - titled The Murderous Acle Straight - 18 days ago sparked an impassioned debate about the problems with the Acle Straight, which runs from Acle to Great Yarmouth, with 81 comments posted.

Suggestions repeatedly cropping up on the debate include dualling the road - something that has been talked about for years but opposed by the Environment Agency and Broads Authority - imposing a 40mph speed limit, average speed cameras and adding double white lines to prevent overtaking.

Website user June H said on Wednesday: “Dualling will never happen, at least not in the near future! It’s been talked about for many years, and damage to the environment and financial cost have always been the drawbacks.”

Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis. Picture: James Bass.Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis. Picture: James Bass.

While Dick E said: “Chances of dualling expensive so - unlikely [sic], I know it has been talked about for 40 odd years. Nobody listens to locals about local issues they employ consultants from outside and do not have local knowledge.”

Paul A said: “Speed cameras on a single track road will only cause more accidents. I’ve seen it all before, it don’t work as people still do your 50 or 60 [sic} then as they get to the cameras they slam on there brakes then anyone following end up in the back of them.”

Today will see the latest attempt to get investment launched. Consultants Mott MacDonalds have drawn up a report, but this time around it calls for specific sections to be dualled as opposed to the whole, including the Acle Straight.

Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis said: “I am aware of the need for improvements and have supported these requests. Short-term, I believe much would be achieved by moving the ditches further from the road and ensuring safe driving on the road to reduce accidents.”

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