The A149 looking back towards the Knights Hill roundabout. Picture: Paul Tibbs

A new 50mph speed limit is set to come into force on two stretches of the A149 in West Norfolk this autumn despite objections.

The speed limit will be reduced from 60mph to 50mph on the main road between Babingley and the Dersingham roundabout, and between Snettisham and Heacham.

These two sections of the busy road have a poor injury accident record, a spokesman for Norfolk County Council said.

The southern section between Babingley and the roundabout with the B1440 has had eight personal injury accidents over the past five years, one was classed as serious. 

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

Norfolk county councillor 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.”

A consultation, launched in February 2020, resulted in 11 responses in favour of the reduction to 50mph and 42 against, along with a petition with 102 signatures objecting.

Officers have reviewed and collated the responses and, in light of the pandemic, the consultation went over a longer than usual period to allow parish councils to discuss the proposals, the spokesman said.

Average cameras were installed along a stretch of the road between the Knights Hill and Snettisham roundabouts in 2019 to improve safety.

The new 50mph limit will fall within part of the area covered by the cameras.