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The most dangerous roads in Norwich for pedestrians

PUBLISHED: 09:43 21 January 2019 | UPDATED: 17:14 21 January 2019

Magdalen Street flyover. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Magdalen Street flyover. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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A pedestrian is hurt in a crash in Norwich every five days, figures show, despite a fall in the number of incidents.

Data from the Department for Transport shows there were 72 pedestrians injured in crashes which were attended by police in 2017, compared to 79 in both 2015 and 2016.

The majority of crashes from 2014 to 2017 - almost 75pc - took place in daylight, in particular around school opening and closing times, between 8am and 9am and 3pm and 4pm.

And while the incidents happened all over the city, certain streets recorded higher numbers of casualties.

The highest number was logged at Magdalen Street, in particular the Anglia Square bus stops, where there were seven casualties over the three years.

The Heartsease roundabout. Photo: Denise BradleyThe Heartsease roundabout. Photo: Denise Bradley

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Eric Kirk, chairman of the Magdalen Street Area and Anglia Square Traders Association (MATA), said there were very few crashes on the rest of the street.

He said there had been a few instances in the last few years of buses hitting the road’s shelters, which had injured passengers waiting.

In 2014, an elderly woman was taken to hospital with a back injury after a bus hit a shelter on the road.

Eric Kirk, chair of the Magdalen Street AssociationEric Kirk, chair of the Magdalen Street Association

Mr Kirk said: “One [shelter] was replaced a few months ago and the other has just been replaced. The problem is, and it happens all over the city, these shelters are too close to edge of the footpath.”

Meanwhile, four areas had five pedestrian casualties, the second highest number - Castle Meadow, the Heartsease roundabout, Wroxham Road and Mousehold Lane roundabout and the South Park Avenue and Colman Road junction.

Chloe Smith, MP for Norwich north, said she had been contacted by residents with concerns over the roundabout and had written to the Norwich Highways Agency committee in the past.

She said: “I’m always concerned about road safety on behalf of my constituents, and this data is helpful in showing up the areas where attention is likely to be needed.

The Earlham Fiveways roundabout. Photo: Paul HewittThe Earlham Fiveways roundabout. Photo: Paul Hewitt

“I hope the councils will take a close look and consider what more they can do.”

Young men were most affected over the three years, with 83 men aged under 25 injured, compared to 83 aged between 26 and 95.

MP Chloe Smith. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYMP Chloe Smith. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Twenty-nine women aged under 25 were hurt, compared to 98 aged 26 and above.

Earlham fiveways

Major investment has been agreed for one of the roads where the most pedestrians were injured.

In the last five years, there have been 13 accidents at the Earlham fiveways roundabout involving cyclists alone.

And figures show that, in total, there were eight crashes which resulted in injury at the roundabout in 2016 and 2017.

The government has awarded £685,000 towards a £750,000 safety scheme at the roundabout, which would see new shared paths for pedestrians and cyclists installed, along with a larger central island and narrowed lanes in an attempt to slow traffic.

Traffic calming measures would also be introduced at Gypsy Lane.

When it was announced last year, Mike Stonard, Norwich City Council cabinet member for sustainable and inclusive growth, said the investment would benefit cyclists, drivers and pedestrians.

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