New map highlights Norfolk's dangerous roads

Victoria NichollsA new map has pinpointed some of the most dangerous roads in Norfolk.Victoria Nicholls

A new map has pinpointed some of the most dangerous roads in Norfolk.

The Road Safety Foundation study is based on the statistical risk of death or serious injury for 2005-07 on motorways and A roads across the country.

It reveals that the majority of Norfolk's A roads are considered to have a low to medium risk. But two roads in the county have been placed in the second of five categories - marking them out as medium-high risk routes.

One is the A1062 between Potter Heigham and Hoveton where villagers have become so concerned about safety of pedestrians along the road that they have set up the Three Rivers Way Association to lobby for an eight-mile walking and cycling path to be created.

A Norfolk County Council spokesman said a total of eight people had been killed or seriously injured on the A1062 over the three-year period analysed by the Road Safety Foundation, but added that the figure had dropped to one in 2008 and one 2009. He said steps were being taken to emphasise the nature of the road and its setting so that drivers adjust their driving accordingly, as part of the Rural Road Safety Demonstration Project which is aimed at reducing the number and severity of accidents on fast rural roads. Measures include clearing verges of undergrowth, installing barriers at obstructions and replacing road sign posts with safer alternatives.

The third category, which pinpoints medium-risk roads, includes a long stretch of the A134 in both directions from Thetford, the A149 between Cromer and Great Yarmouth, and the rural A145 between Beccles and Blythburgh.

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