Changes to the A149 speed limit are under consideration. Picture: Paul Tibbs

A consultation has opened into proposed changes to the speed limit on two stretches of the A149 in West Norfolk.

The consultation has been set up by Norfolk County Council, which manages the road, and allows people to comment on a proposed lowering of the speed limit from 60mph to 50mph between Babingley and the Dersingham roundabout, and between Snettisham and Heacham.

The council said the changes were needed because the two sections of the A149 had a poor injury accident record.

Martin Wilby, county council cabinet member for highways, infrastructure and transport, said: “The accident data shows that cutting the speed on these stretches of road should help to make the route safer.

“I’d urge people to take a look at our plans and let us know their views.”

The southern section between Babingley and the Dersingham roundabout with the B1440 has had 10 personal injury accidents over the past five years, two of which were classed as serious. 

The northern section between Paper Hall Farm and Heacham has also seen 10 personal injury accidents over the past five years, with three serious and one fatality.

Mr Wilby added: “Road users, businesses and local people know this section of the A149 has been the scene of a number of accidents over the years.

“In addition to the safety cameras which are now up and running, we have been looking holistically at the route and working with local parish councils to put in place a range of improvements which will hopefully further help to make the road safer for the 17,000 vehicles that use this route every day.”

A range of other safety improvements have recently been made on the A149.

Average speed cameras are now in place between the Knights Hill and Snettisham roundabouts and changes have been made to road signs and markings to improve the Lamsey Lane junction at Heacham.

The council has also been working on signing and lining improvements at the Church Road and Folly Road junctions in Sandringham, and Beach Road and Common Road junctions in Snettisham.

Future improvements could also see a new pedestrian crossing installed later this year north of the junction of the A149 and Common Road in Snettisham.

The consultation is open until Tuesday, March 17.

The council said all responses would be carefully reviewed and a decision made on whether to proceed with the proposals as they stand or whether amendments may be required.

To take part, see: www.norfolk.citizenspace.com and go to Open Consultations.