Bikers take barrier protest to the A11

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Published on 16 September 2014 by Gill

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Filed under Category: Campaigning

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More than 200 motorcyclists took to the A11 on Sunday to protest against the steel "cheese wire" barriers they say are dangerous to bikers. Accompanied by a police escort, a line of motorcyclists several hundred metres long proceeded up and down the stretch of the A11, from Thetford in Norfolk to Barton Mills in Suffolk, which is currently being dualled by the Highways Agency.

Protestors argue that the barriers, which have been introduced in various parts of the country over the last few years, could cause death or serious injury to bikers, who do not have the same protection as car drivers. Protestor Simon Frampton, whose online petition against the wire barriers has garnered nearly 5,000 signatures, said: “They keep saying they have passed the tests so they are safe. But when you look at the evidence, that’s not true for motorcyclists, and our question would be: “why do you keep using these dangerous barriers?”

The Highways Agency said that the barriers were safe and that there was "no significant accident history regarding motorcycles" on this section of the A11.