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Tree 'avenue effect' to cut speed in Norfolk

An artist's impression of how trees will look on Somerton Road in Martham, Norfolk
An artist's impression of how trees will look on Somerton Road in Martham

More than 160 trees are being planted on rural roads in Norfolk in an "experiment" to stop drivers speeding.

It is hoped trees in Martham, Mundesley, Overstrand and Horstead will create an "avenue effect" and encourage drivers to slow down.

Very few trees line the 30mph approach roads, which are straight and wide. All four villages had a history of speeding problems, Norfolk County Council said.

Oak, field maple, birch and hornbeam will be planted in the £70,000 trial.

All 163 trees, and 1,443ft (440m) of hedges in Martham, are expected to be planted by the end of March.

Adrian Gunson, cabinet member for planning and transportation, described the trial as an "innovative, environmentally-friendly experiment".

"The idea is to use the trees and hedges to create an avenue effect to try and limit drivers' peripheral vision and make them slow down accordingly as they enter the respective villages," he added.



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