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Start of work on busy and dangerous road welcomed

PUBLISHED: 12:08 11 July 2018 | UPDATED: 14:28 11 July 2018

Improvements to Aylsham Road. Pictures: Eric Seward

Improvements to Aylsham Road. Pictures: Eric Seward

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Campaigners have welcomed work starting to make a busy road used by pedestrians and schoolchildren safer.

Improvements to Aylsham Road. Pictures: Eric SewardImprovements to Aylsham Road. Pictures: Eric Seward

Aylsham Road, North Walsham, does not have a payment for most of its length and is the main heavy lorry and bus route into town.

Norfolk County Council completed works costing around £30,000 on July 1 as a start to making the road safer.

Work was carried out on the narrow section of the road between its junction with Station Road and the railway bridge.

The white line in the centre of this part of Aylsham Road has been removed.

Campaigners for a 20mph speed limit in Aylsham Road, North Walsham. Picture: David BaleCampaigners for a 20mph speed limit in Aylsham Road, North Walsham. Picture: David Bale

The aim to is to make drivers realise it is not a two-lane road and thus make them drive more carefully.

New larger signs warning drivers on the approaches to the narrow section of Aylsham Road that the road narrows and there are pedestrians in the roads are also to be installed. These signs along with the continuing presence of a sign showing drivers their speed have been jointly funded by North Walsham Town Council and Norfolk County Council.

Liberal Democrat county councillor for North Walsham East ward, Eric Seward, chairs an informal working group of residents, local councillors and council officers helping to improve the safety of Aylsham Road.

He said: “This is a welcome start. The campaign to have a 20mph speed limit on this part of Aylsham Road still continues along with the demand for a new link road around the western side of the town to divert traffic away from narrow residential streets.”

Berni Marfleet, of the Aylsham Road SOS (Save our Streets) Group, said: “We are pleased that the town and county council and the police have now recognised the need to address the serious safety issues of pedestrians, especially large numbers of schoolchildren dicing with increasing traffic on the road.

“The council warning signs will be enhanced with our own speed awareness signage funded by local hauliers, the Community Shop and local residents. This will, we hope, lead to further traffic calming measures including a 20mph limit. Our children deserve a safe environment.”

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