Road safety improvements along A1303 to start next week

PUBLISHED: 18:35 01 May 2018 | UPDATED: 18:35 01 May 2018

The works will begin next week. Picture: Vikki Lince

The works will begin next week. Picture: Vikki Lince

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Work to improve road safety along a four-mile section of the A1303 between Stow-Cum-Quy and the bridge over the A11 will start next week.

Cambridgeshire County Council is improving safety along this stretch after it was highlighted as one of 50 highest risk local ‘A’ roads by the Road Safety Foundation.

On average, the A1303 has almost 5,000 vehicles per day using the route, has had 24 injury collisions and one fatality between January 2012 and December 2016.

The planned work will include centre line road markings that cause vibration if driven over, a combination of solar and standard road studs for reduced visibility and wet conditions.

The project has been jointly funded by the Department for Transport who contributed £1.302million and the county council, with £145,000.

The Dunsley Corner, Little Wilbraham Road, Wilbraham Road and High Street in Bottisham, will have improvements to their layout and street lighting will be installed. Traffic signs along the route will also be upgraded along with the bus stop facilities at the High Street junction.

The county council will also be carrying out targeted education activity to raise awareness about some of the common hazards on the route and how they should influence people’s driving.

Construction will start on Tuesday (May 8) and is expected to be completed by the end of August. The work will be carried out under temporary two-way traffic lights between 7am and 7pm. The team will be working longer hours to get the work finished sooner and a small number of overnight closures will be needed.

The county council was one of a handful of authorities that took part in a pathfinder initiative, funded by the RAC Foundation, to pioneer a route-based proactive approach to road safety improvements promoted by the Road Safety Foundation. This involved using specialist software which recorded everything about the road, assessed the risk and suggested improvements to the road.

Cambridgeshire County Council’s chair of the highways and community infrastructure committee, councillor Mathew Shuter said: “The county council is committed to reducing road casualties and the valuable learning from this project will inform our approach to other roads across Cambridgeshire.”

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