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MP calls for lower speed limit at Loddon

SOUTH NORFOLK MP Richard Bacon has called on Norfolk County Council to lower the speed limit on the A146 as it passes Loddon from 60 miles per hour to 40 miles per hour.

Mr Bacon made the call after visiting the A146 with Loddon residents Reece Bayliss and Richard Wharton, who both contacted their local MP to draw his attention to the speed of traffic on the A146, which runs from Norwich to Lowestoft.

Nine year-old Reece has conducted both a study of the traffic on the A146 and a survey of local views on what should be done to improve things.

Mr Bacon said: “The speed limit for traffic passing Loddon on the A146 is quite unsuitable and I have now seen for myself how lorries and cars tear past the turnings into the village at terrific speeds.  Crossing the A146 on foot is very dangerous.  

“People using the junctions into the town from the A146 are being placed in unnecessary jeopardy.  Residents at least are aware of the potential dangers but, as Loddon sits at the gateway to the Norfolk Broads, there are also going to be plenty of tourists coming here who don’t know the road.  There have been a stream of serious accidents including some fatalities.     

“I’m very grateful to Reece for his hard work in surveying the traffic and for taking the time to find out what his fellow residents want to do about it.  I have asked the County Council to look seriously at cutting the speed limit on the A146 where it passes Loddon to 40 miles per hour”. 

20 September 2013