Road Safety2019-12-20T08:30:40+00:00
Road Safety

Vehicles callously disregarding the speed limits, heavy vehicles using The Street and the quiet lanes as rat-runs to Bacton power station and driver’s complete disregard for the safety of others at the junction of Hall Lane and Knapton Road have steadily increased in recent years, causing concern and distress for residents and road users alike.

Parish Council records show that over the years, questions have been raised about safety on our roads time and again by councillors and residents alike, but to no avail because of the difficulty in trying to address them.

Have Your Say…

Using our Comment Page you can ask questions, make comments or let us know about anything you feel is relevant by selecting Road Safety from the Subject drop-down box.

If you’d like us to add your comment to our Road Safety blog at the bottom of this page, simply select Road Safety – add to Blog from the subject list.

It’s time to stop kicking the can down the road.
I have a great team around me who share my view that with the advent of the Millenium Field development, the time is right to make a concerted effort to effect changes which will make a real difference to the residents of Knapton Parish before someone is seriously injured, or worse.
But no-one should be under any illusion, it’s going to be a long and difficult journey. The obstacles are daunting, the hoops are barely big enough to jump through and the financial implications will be challenging.   Early conversations with the Police and the Highways Department would suggest at least eighteen months and that’s assuming we are successful, but until we start, the clock isn’t even running.
All that said, with the help of our residents, I’m confident we can do it.

Peter Neatherway
Chairman of Knapton Parish Council

Fresh from the success of refurbishing the village playground, the current parish council is fast earning a well deserved reputation for getting things done and it has decided that dealing with road safety in and around our village is next on the list of long standing issues to finally be dealt with.   It has setup a dedicated committee to focus efforts on improving road safety in the village and work with neighbouring parishes to make our roads safer for residents and road users alike.

The Road Safety Committee
Working with the Police, Highways & Bacton Gas Terminal

The committee comprises of four councillors and is led by Councillor John Lawton.

  • John Lawton – Councillor responsible for Community Liaison
  • Peter Neatherway – Chairman of Knapton Parish Council
  • Alan Young – Councillor responsible for Bacton Gas Terminal & Planning
  • Liz Winter – Councillor responsible for Footpaths and Walkways

The committee has four main objectives which can be seen by clicking on the appropriate box below.   It will also be liaising with neighbouring parishes to explore any possibilities of co-ordinating traffic management efforts.
In addition, it will be reporting on the condition and visibility of existing road management infrastructure, including speed limit signs, to the Highways Department for maintenance and refurbishment.

Road Safety & Speed Watch Blogs
The committee will maintain both a Road Safety blog and a Speed Watch blog at the bottom of this page so that progress can be monitored.

  • Add comments about our Road Safety initiatives using the Comment Form and choosing Road Safety – add to blog as the subject
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  • Add comments about the Speed Watch action using the Comment Form and choosing Road Safety Community Speed Watch – add to blog as the subject

The Police & Highways Department
The committee have met with PC Paul Gwynn, North Walsham Beat Manager, and Steve White of the Highways Department.

Any proposed changes to our road layout or to speed limits will need to be approved and sanctioned by the Highways Department.

It is vital to build an argument to justify change and recording the number of speeding vehicles plays a big part of that.   The Police will provide the Speed Watch team with the equipment and training, as well as following up identified speed issues by locating mobile speed cameras to verify the issue.   Only with these results will highways consider any changes in speed limits and it is also entirely at Highways discretion as to whether the junction at Hall Lane / Knapton Road can be re-aligned.

It is also important to appreciate that some of our issues may have to be resolved by enforcing the law, as opposed to making changes which Highways will not permit, which would, of course, be a Police matter.

Bacton Gas Terminal
The authorities at BGT have approved routes for vehicle specifically travelling to and from the terminal.   Instances where it can be shown that companies are not adhering to these agreed routes can be penalised or have their licence to supply removed.   We therefore need to liaise with them to deal with some of the traffic issues in The Street.

Community Speed Watch

An amazing group of residents in our village, led by Tracey Healey, have managed to setup a Knapton Community Speed Watch.
You can find out more about their project, read their blog and have your say on our dedicated web page.

Well done to Tracey and her team.

Community Speed Watch page
Our four main aims

The four boxes below represent the committee’s four main aims.   Each box links to the relative page where you can read more about what we are hoping to achieve and monitor our progress.

Hall Lane Junction

To reduce the speed of traffic crossing the junction between Hall Lane and Knapton Road

Re-alignment

We propose to re-align the junction to create a more clearly defined turn with additional signage

Read more here

Hall Lane Extension

To reduce near-miss incidents and risk to pedestrians on the narrow bends of Hall Lane

Speed Limit Extension

We propose a 30mph speed restriction from the junction with Knapton Road to the car park of the Butterfly Walk

Read more here

SAM2 Speed Sign

To monitor and report vehicles exceeding the legal speed limit in and around the village

To enforce the 30mph limit

To locate a SAM2 vehicle speed sign with camera at multiple sites in Hall Lane, The Street and Knapton Road.

See our plans here

The Street

To eliminate heavy vehicles to / from Bacton Gas Terminal using The Street

reduce heavy traffic

To work with Bacton Gas Terminal to stop heavy vehicles using The Street as an access route

Read more here

Part of the Committee’s remit is to explore and consider the possibility of working with neighbouring parishes to achieve a common goal.

Working with Swayfield Parish Council

B1145 – Knapton Road/Swafield Road
In June of this year Ed Maxfield (our County Councillor) and Norman Lamb MP made it clear that they would support endeavours to reduce traffic speeds along the B1145 between Swafield and Knapton as a result of yet another accident.

Swafield and Bradfield Parish Council is looking into road traffic issues with particular emphasis on this road and approached Knapton Parish Council to see if there is some way that the two parishes could work together for the common good.   We welcomed this approach and the resultant meeting took place on October 15th during which we discussed a number of alternatives.   We are now waiting for Swafield to setup a dedicated committee at their next meeting in November to work with us moving forward.

Existing Road Signage

While we’re working on the question of road safety, we thought we’d take a look at the state of our speed limit signs.    We found a couple which have faded and we have asked for them to be replaced.   We also found a couple which have become obscured, like the one in the picture on the right.

Spot the sign > > >

Can you see it?   When you think you can, or you’ve given up looking, pass the mouse over the picture and we’ll reveal it… good luck

Committee’s main Road Safety Blog
2311, 2019

20th November 2019
Highways have confirmed their acceptance of the five sites identified by the council as being the most potentially effective locations to place the speed camera.

2410, 2019

22nd October 2019
Steve White arranged for a colleague who specialises in traffic management to take a look at the areas we discussed.

Hall Road speed limit extension
He agreed this was feasible to just before where the footway crosses, as we requested.
Estimated cost for this is £6.5 -£7k.  The highway authority has no funding for this type of scheme so it will need to be fully funded by us or with contributions from others.

Hall Road Junction
He has suggested that a small ‘island’ with two keep lefts is constructed in the middle of the turn complete with […]

2110, 2019

8th October 2019
Committee meeting with Police & Highways
The committee met with PC Paul Gwynn, our local Community Officer, and Steve White of the Highways Department.   PC Gwynn drove the group around the parish to identify the areas of concern that the council wishes to address.   PC Gwynn offered invaluable advice and assured the committee that he would do all he could to assist in terms of the Speed Watch action and subsequent mobile speed camera operations.

The council then had a short meeting with Steve White, who offered constructive advice as to the best course […]

710, 2019

7th October 2019
We received this email today from a resident who is concerned about the traffic issues in and around our village and whose views appear to reflect those of most of the villagers.

I am contacting you regarding the new properties and the new footpath which looks great and is a great asset for the village.

My concerns are traffic speeding onto Hall Lane. It has always happened and still is, but my fear, is that it is an accident waiting to happen, we desperately need a speed bump or some other deterrent in place. As these are to […]

210, 2019

2nd October 2019
Committee meeting with Police & Highways

The Knapton Parish Council Road Safety Committee is meeting with Norfolk Constabulary and Highways on Tuesday 8th October to discuss and establish a roadmap (no pun intended) the find the best way to improve safety on our roads.

We will be looking at;

  • the possible implementation of speed indicators and cameras
  • what is required to to have the speed limit extended / reduced in Hall Lane & Knapton Road
  • Alternative methods of speed awareness