Safety measures for Long Stratton ‘rat run’ road declared a priority

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Long Stratton, Norfolk. Steve Lansdell who's conceded about St Michael's Road which driving are flouting the access only restriction during peak times of traffic in Long Stratton ENGANL00120121012121205

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A so-called ‘rat run’ road in Long Stratton will see new safety measures introduced in the coming months, following a call by residents to address long-standing traffic and speeding concerns.

Norfolk County Council committed to painting new white lines on St Michael’s Road, a 20 mph street with an access-only limitation, in order to try and keep vehicles in the correct lane on this narrow road, and said these works would be made a priority.

This comes ten months after a meeting in which worried villagers demanded improvements from Norfolk Police and councillors, with many claiming that motorists were illegally using the road in order to avoid the busy A140 nearby, particularly during rush hour.

Steve Lansdell, a 56-year-old emergency paramedic who lives in St Michael’s Road, stated the residents were glad the council was taking action, but more was needed to prevent unlawful traffic use from occurring.

“Very pleased that the council are doing something instead of passing the buck,” said Mr Lansdell.

“This is a tiny measure and only really addresses a road safety issue and although we are pleased to see it, it won’t help one tiny bit in the continued illegal motorist racing.

“The residents would like the police to make a appearence a couple of times a year.”

However, Norfolk Constabulary has previously argued that they felt only a fundamental change to the road architecture — for example, the implementation of a barrier — could address these issues in the long term.