Work starts this week on Outwell road improvements

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Work to make an Outwell road safer for pedestrians is due to start this week.

Campaigners have been trying to get Isle Road improved for more than two years and are delighted that work is finally starting.

But the parish council are not resting on their laurels and say this is just the beginning of a long-term project to make Isle Road as safe as possible for pedestrians.

There is no footpath at the most frequently used crossing point on the busy road and pedestrians have to wait on the river bank or the edge of the bridge from Church Terrace to cross. Some parents taking their children to Beaupre Primary School also use this crossing place.

In 2011, South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss visited the site with local councillors and agreed something needed to be done, but campaigners were told there was no money available for road safety changes.

But now Norfolk County Council has decided the time is right to start work on improving the road, including creating a new footpath on the river side and a pram crossing point.

Parish council chairman John Wake said: “Our next thing is to get some sort of crossing point near the Crown pub. These changes will make it easier for pedestrians but we will keep continuing to work towards improvements.”

Elizabeth Truss added: “Although this has taken over two years, I am extremely pleased that Norfolk County Council has listened to local residents and invested the money to amend the layout.

“With local councillors and the community, I visited the crossing to see firsthand how dangerous this location is. It certainly is a challenging spot with the river banks and bridge restricting any potential changes, plus major re-construction works would require substantial investment. However parents going to and from the primary school, plus other local residents, faced the daily hazard of speeding vehicles and trying to cross a road with no safety measures in place.

“The efforts of everyone one involved, including the large petition presented to the County Council, secured these improvements and I am very pleased that the works will start this week.”

County councillor Harry Humphrey has been involved with trying to get the funding agreed for the changes.

He said: “I am very pleased that the changes are taking place. It will really help the people of Outwell cross at a pinch point.”