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Speed cameras installed on road where Prince Philip rolled his Land Rover in crash

The first two of six speed cameras have been installed on the road where Prince Philip crashed his Land Rover in an accident that left a woman with a broken wrist.

Another four tall yellow average speed cameras will be fitted over the next three weeks along eight miles of the A149 between Knight’s Hill and Snettisham roundabouts in West Norfolk.

The Duke of Edinburgh had a lucky escape when his Land Rover overturned at Babingley on the A149, near the Sandringham Estate back in January.

His Land Rover collided with a Kia car after he pulled out of a side road onto the A149 and his car ended up on its side.

The first two of six speed cameras have been installed on the road near the Sandringham Estate where Prince Philip crashed his Land Rover in an accident that left a woman with a broken wrist, back in January

He was rescued by pensioner Roy Warne who said Prince Philip told his wife he had been ‘dazzled by the sun’ before the crash.

Prince Philip was not injured in the crash but the two women in the Kia were taken to hospital, treated for minor injuries and then discharged, a nine-month baby boy in the back of the Kia was unhurt.

Emma Fairweather, 46, who was a passenger in the Kia, was left with a broken wrist.

Meanwhile Philip agreed to surrender his driving licence as a result of the crash. 

The day after the crash Norfolk County Council agreed to install average speed cameras and lower the speed limit from 60mph to 50mph.

Another four tall yellow average speed cameras will be fitted over the next three weeks along eight miles of the A149 between Knight's Hill and Snettisham roundabouts in West Norfolk

Another four tall yellow average speed cameras will be fitted over the next three weeks along eight miles of the A149 between Knight’s Hill and Snettisham roundabouts in West Norfolk

The Duke of Edinburgh had a lucky escape when his Land Rover overturned at Babingley on the A149, near the Sandringham Estate back in January. His Land Rover collided with a Kia car after he pulled out of a side road onto the A149 and his car ended up on its side

The Duke of Edinburgh had a lucky escape when his Land Rover overturned at Babingley on the A149, near the Sandringham Estate back in January. His Land Rover collided with a Kia car after he pulled out of a side road onto the A149 and his car ended up on its side

The decision to fund the Norfolk Safety Partnership scheme was agreed by the Norfolk Safety Camera Partnership Board in 2016.

The scheme is expected to improve safety on the stretch of the A149 where there have been 50 personal injury accidents over the past six years, of which three were fatalities and 13 involved serious injuries.

The cameras are set to be switched on in three weeks at Knight’s Hill, Castle Rising, Babingley, Dersingham and Snettisham.

Assistant Chief Constable Simon Megicks, chair of the Norfolk Safety Camera Partnership, said: ‘We have continuously been in support of road safety improvements on the A149 between Castle Rising and Snettisham.

‘Speeding is one of the “fatal four” offences which makes you more likely to be killed or seriously injured in a collision alongside drink/ drug driving, driving whilst using a mobile phone and not wearing a seatbelt.

Prince Philip was not injured in the crash. He agreed to surrender his driving licence as a result of the crash

Prince Philip was not injured in the crash. He agreed to surrender his driving licence as a result of the crash

The two women in the Kia were taken to hospital, treated for minor injuries and then discharged, a nine-month baby boy in the back of the Kia was unhurt. Emma Fairweather, 46 (pictured), who was a passenger in the Kia, was left with a broken wrist

The two women in the Kia were taken to hospital, treated for minor injuries and then discharged, a nine-month baby boy in the back of the Kia was unhurt. Emma Fairweather, 46 (pictured), who was a passenger in the Kia, was left with a broken wrist

‘Average speed cameras have been proven to reduce speeding and help to reinforce understanding around speed limits, set at the maximum safe speed to travel on a particular stretch of road,’ Mr Megicks said.

‘In 2016, the decision to fund and proceed with this scheme was agreed by the Safety Camera Partnership Board and it is pleasing to see this finally coming to fruition.’

Councillor Martin Wilby, Norfolk County Council cabinet member for Highways, Infrastructure & Transport, said: ‘This scheme is expected to improve safety on the stretch of the A149 where there have been 50 personal injury accidents over the past six years, of which three were fatalities and 13 involved serious injuries.

‘We know this is a key route so we will be working overnight to minimise any disruption. We would ask that people bear with us while we carry out this important safety improvement work.’

The scheme is expected to improve safety on the stretch of the A149 where there have been 50 personal injury accidents over the past six years, of which three were fatalities and 13 involved serious injuries

The scheme is expected to improve safety on the stretch of the A149 where there have been 50 personal injury accidents over the past six years, of which three were fatalities and 13 involved serious injuries

Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green said: ‘As Norfolk’s PCC, I’m committed to making the county’s roads safer for all who use them. I know this particular road extremely well, having travelled it over a number of years. I’ve long held the view, shared by many and supported by the figures around collisions, that action is needed to improve its safety.

‘The Norfolk Safety Camera Partnership approved the speed cameras back in 2016. I’m pleased that the partnership’s proposals are finally being actioned and work to install the cameras is now getting underway.’

The A149 runs through a number of county council divisions. Cllr Andrew Jamieson, member for the North Coast division, said: ‘I’m sure people living on or near the A149 will welcome this safety scheme on the route they travel daily.’

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