Safety warning after 81 people in one hour are caught flouting a temporary speed limit at Colney near Norwich

14 May 2018

Drivers are being urged to stay within the law after recent safety monitoring shows 81 people in one hour ignoring the temporary 30mph limit through roadworks on the B1108 at Colney near Norwich.

As thousands of people use this stretch of road at peak times it's clear that most people are driving safely. However more than 220 people who have been caught speeding already are likely to face consequences such as fixed penalty fines, points on their licence or a speed awareness course.

Margaret Dewsbury, chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Communities Committee, said: “Breaking the speed limit puts the people who are working close to the moving traffic in danger. It’s shocking to hear that one person was clocked doing 49mph in the clearly marked 30mph section.

“We’ve been working closely with the police who are carrying out regular checks and I’d urge people to always drive carefully and observe the speed limits that help to keep themselves and road workers safe.”

David Bills, local county councillor for the Humbleyard division which includes Colney, said: “I know this is a busy stretch of road, and that roadworks can be frustrating at times, but I’m grateful that most people drive carefully and stick to under the speed limit but we are finding that some people are still not safe."

“It’s great to have the ongoing support of the police in keeping our roads safe. And people will soon be seeing an added reminder of the temporary limit through the roadworks in the form of a vehicle activated 30mph sign that we’re putting in place.”

Over the past few weeks police have been carrying out speed checks in the area and will continue to do so over the coming months until September when the road widening is due to be complete.

Chief Inspector Kris Barnard, head of the joint Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit, said: “Speeding is one of the ‘fatal four' offences which makes you more likely to be killed or seriously injured in a collision - alongside drink driving, driving whilst using a mobile phone and not wearing a seatbelt.

“Speed limits, even temporary ones, are in place for a reason – drivers shouldn't use these limits as targets; there are always other factors to consider including other road users, levels of traffic and weather conditions. The faster you are travelling, the less time you have to react to the unexpected and stop safely."

The B1108 Watton Road at Colney is the main route between the A47 and the hospital and the research park, and has become increasingly busy in recent years. The work underway will see a three-quarter-mile stretch of the road between the A47 and the Hethersett Lane junction widened by around two metres. This will allow drivers to pass cyclists more safely and enable emergency vehicles, particularly ambulances, to get through when there is heavy traffic on the road.

The lane closure is necessary to allow the work to be carried out safely and for heavy equipment and vehicles to manoeuvre around the site. The one-way lane closure has been agreed upon as the best solution in order to prevent queuing back onto the A47, which would have been a risk with other forms of traffic management such as temporary traffic lights.

For political comment

Cllr Margaret Dewsbury (Conservative) Chairman of the Communities Committee, on 01603 759693
Cllr Chrissie Rumsby (Labour), on 01603 485892
Cllr Sarah Butikofer (Liberal Democrat), on 07968 897235
Cllr Sandra Squire (Independent), on 07817 160725
Cllr David Bills, local county councillor for the Humbleyard division, on 01603 813041




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