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Find out here if your road is one of the 122 in Norfolk which will be made safer by £750,000 cash

06:58 12 March 2016

Vehicle activated signs will be placed in more villages.

Vehicle activated signs will be placed in more villages.

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Communities across Norfolk are to benefit from more than £750,000 of improvements to make roads safer.

Vehicle activated signs, traffic calming measures and new footpaths are among 122 projects which have been given the go-ahead.

Parish and town councils will match £380,000 which Norfolk County Council will provide through its Parish Partnership programme.

The most popular bids have been for vehicle activated signs, which has seen 44 applications.

They are for signs known as SAM2, which, in most cases, remind drivers of their speed.

This year the Norfolk Safety Camera Partnership contributed £80,000 towards SAM2 bids.

Other popular schemes are Trods – with 24 bids put in for the simplified lower cost alternative to footways which are often constructed using recycled road surface material.

Toby Coke, chairman of the council’s environment, development and transport committee, said: “This is the fifth year running that we are offering this help through the 
popular Parish Partnership scheme.

“With a great range of schemes bid for this year I’m pleased we can help out so many parish and town 
councils with improvements that tackle local priorities.”

Are you fighting to make a road safer where you live? 
Tell us about it by calling 01603 772375 or email dan.grimmer@archant.co.uk

13 comments

  • If this means all the community speed watchers in these village will have to hand in their hi vis jackets and cameras I think this is excellent news.

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    Rhombus

    Sunday, March 13, 2016

  • Who profits? https:www.scribd.comdoc238768868Philip-Hayton-crime-and-punishment

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    Nicolas Martin

    Sunday, March 13, 2016

  • @Patrick - I agree entirely with what you say but unfortunately many drivers need encouragement to follow the rules and become safe drivers. Sadly, the only way to do this is through the use of sanctions such as fines and the knowledge that you stand a good chance of being caught if you break the rules.

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    Mr. Grouchy

    Saturday, March 12, 2016

  • This is not going to make much difference really. And it's not a case of drivers knowing there is a 'GOOD chance of being caught and fined' - that's not what it is about! It is a matter of Good, Safe Driving in the first place. We don't NEED to spend on tricks and devices to penalise drivers AFTER the event - we want SAFE DRIVING. Stop tinkering .. sort out the root cause.

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    Patrick

    Saturday, March 12, 2016

  • @Mr. Grouchy absolutely, chances are they won't notice the flashing signs anyway, as they'll be too busy using their phones while driving and speeding to notice them.

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    RobD

    Saturday, March 12, 2016

  • The only effective way of reducing speeding is for drivers to know that there is a GOOD chance of being caught and fined. This means the need for more mobile speed traps in urban areas where speeding is most dangerous to all road users and pedestrians. At the moment speed limits are often blatantly and regularly ignored because drivers know that they will go undetected.

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    Mr. Grouchy

    Saturday, March 12, 2016

  • Thus is a far far better use of small amounts of money than the stupid amounts wasted on largely unused pedal-ways elsewhere. As to the 30mph vehicle activated signs - actually I think they do work for normal average driver as they catch ones attention to remind you of the speed limit. Nothing not to like.

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    Normal4Norfolk

    Saturday, March 12, 2016

  • Dilham on A149 has a vehicle activated speed sign. Total waste of time. We need police on the roads catching speeding motorists, not more gadgets that don't stop them. Better still, gatso cameras that send an automatic fine.

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    Karen Henry

    Saturday, March 12, 2016

  • Will this what is really a paltry amount make much difference, when it clear both lack of enforcement and the standards of driving have reached an all time low ?

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    John L Norton

    Saturday, March 12, 2016

  • Good to see speeders are being targeted. Literally. SAM surface to air missiles will certainly reduce the number of speeders.

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    Marshwiggle

    Saturday, March 12, 2016

  • Good news. Giving communities what THEY want and sharing the cost of doing it.

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    Stephen Strange

    Saturday, March 12, 2016

  • When every village has a vehicle activated sign they will be about as effective as the standard signs and the ongoing maintenance costs will probably see them abandoned within five years. For a Council struggling to save money this seems a waste. The real problem is a lack of maintenance with faded white lines, potholes and poorly designed junctions etc etc. Unfortunately there is no glory in standard maintenance and no official opening for the counsellors to attend. My village has been asking for hazzard lines under a bridge but have been refused as it would speed up traffic! The fact that it is in the middle of the road is not considered the traffic does slow however when it floods under the bridge - guess what lack of maintenance!!!!

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    Crafty Cook

    Saturday, March 12, 2016

  • Money that would have be better spent repairing potholes.

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    Voice of Reason

    Saturday, March 12, 2016

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