Parishes in south Norfolk among successful road safety bidders

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Parishes in south Norfolk are to receive funding from the county council for special signs and other measures to reduce speeding.

This week Norfolk County Council announced 68 town and parish councils had been successful in bidding for £206,500 of funding.

In each case, this represents half the money, with the parishes having to make up the rest.

Old Buckenham, New Buckenham, Alburgh, Besthorpe, North Lopham and Shelfanger have received funding for static vehicle activated signs (VAS) which flash speed warnings to drivers.

Bunwell, Pulham St Mary, Scole, Tharston and Hapton, Redenhall and Harleston, Wacton and Starston all received funding for mobile vehicle activated signs (SAM2). These signs can and must be moved around to different areas deemed to have a problem with speeding. They can also collect data on traffic, if an extra package is bought, including, and how fast it is travelling and how often.

Harleston’s SAM2 sign will have the data collection package. It will cost about £3,200, with the town council picking up half of that bill.

Broad Street, Old Market Place, Mendham Lane and Wilderness Lane are just some of the roads that will be targeted first. Data had already been collected by the council which confirmed some problems with speeding.