Campaign for road safety in North Walsham moves forward

Campaigners in North Walsham have taken new steps to improve safety along two busy roads into the town.

Residents and councillors gathered at the junction of Aylsham Road and Skeyton New Road this morning (September 27) to display new signs urging motorists to take care and cut their speeds.

The idea came from campaigner and resident Bernie Marfleet who had seen the signage working in Switzerland and thought it would help in North Walsham.

The distinctive signs, which show two children asking motirists to cut their speed, have been introduced along both roads with pleas for 20mph limits. Norfolk County Council has also stepped in by painting lamp posts along the road orange to make them stand out so motorists can avoid clipping them as they pass.

Bernie said: “We want children to be able to walk and cycle safely to school and visit friends and playgrounds and that  parents can let them do this without fear and worry.”

The campaign has seen the support locally from haulage companies and from local printer North Walsham Signs.

The aim now is to create a path into the town and a meeting of councillors and the police is to be held in early October with Norfolk County Council Highways officers to discuss this and a list of other actions proposed to calm the traffic.

County councillor Eric Seward, who was there this morning, said: “Aylsham Rd in the town is a relatively narrow residential street that should not be a main lorry route due to it containing the only railway bridge that heavy lorries can access. The long-term solution is a new link road from Norwich Rd to the Lyngate industrial estate to remove heavy lorries from the town’s residential streets.

“I therefore welcome the county council’s recent announcement that North Walsham will be in the first batch of market towns for a study to look at the transport implications of housing and economic growth in the town. This ought to provide the evidence for public funding to support a new link road on the western side of the town where any new housing is likely to be located. In the meantime the safety of residents and pedestrians in Aylsham Road needs to be improved. The meeting in early October is an important step forward in helping to bring this about.”

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