With the Diamond Jubilee and now the Olympics, June 14th, when I posted about accidents on Red Road in Lightwater, seems an absolute age away now. Speedicus Maximus questioned [see blog comments] what actions are being taken to reduce road accidents, subsequent to the recent accidents.
I’m pleased to say that action is being taken. I learned that there’s a Surrey Heath Road Safety Working Group which meets twice a year, comprising Surrey County Council engineers from both the Area Office and the Road Safety team, together with specialist Road Safety Officers from Surrey Police.
Our police Inspector Martin Goodwin forwarded my report on the missing Red Road traffic signs, which I’d presented to him, to the police road safety team in the Working Party. Perhaps it helped. I hope so.
In a recent email, from Surrey County Council Highways team, about the situation, it contained this positive information.
“The Working Group has continued to monitor the accidents in Red Road, …. While overall accident rates have fluctuated, there has been a clear reduction in accidents through the series of bends. However, among the recent accidents a number have involved westbound traffic. In response to this finding, Surrey County Council’s Road Safety team is funding the introduction of the following additional measures this financial year [2012/13]:
- A new Vehicle Activated Sign on the westbound approach to the bends, supplementing the existing VAS on the eastbound approach.
- Installation of additional chevron signs on high visibility yellow backing boards on the westbound approach to the bends.
The speed limit on Red Road has also recently been reviewed, and a reduction from national speed limit (60mph) to 50mph has been agreed. Subject to the completion of statutory processes, it is anticipated that the new speed limit will be place by the end of 2012.”
Let’s hope that these measures influence driver behaviour and improve safety on Red Road. The Working Group has committed to monitor accidents and introduce further safety improvements where appropriate.
Finally, I’ll make every effort to attend the next Surrey Heath Local Area Committee, Thurs 18th October 2102, to seek an update on these planned actions. In fact, I’ll write to the committee requesting an update to be given at the meeting.