New 50mph speed limits set on A149 in West Norfolk

New 50mph speed limits set on A149 in West Norfolk

The speed limit will be cut from 60mph to 50mph between Babingley and the Dersingham roundabout, and between Snettisham and Heacham to drive up safety.

These two sections of the busy road have a poor injury accident record. The southern section between Babingley and the roundabout with the B1440 has had 8 personal injury accidents over the past 5 years, one was classed as serious. The northern section between Paper Hall Farm and Heacham has seen 10 personal injury accidents over the past 5 years with 2 serious and 1 fatality.

Cllr Martin Wilby, Cabinet Member for Highways, Infrastructure and Transport, said: “Sadly this part of the A149 has seen a number of serious accidents due to excessive speeds so I welcome this change to help make the route safer for the more than 14,000 vehicles that use it every day. We hope this safety improvement will help to complement other recent changes along the road between King’s Lynn and Hunstanton that has seen average speed cameras installed and changes to road signs and markings.

The new 50mph signage is expected to be installed this autumn which is when the new limit will come into effect.