Asking more questions about road safety of Red Road

Road safety issues with Red Road [the B311] in Lightwater is one of my perennial concerns. Type Red Road road safety into the search box on this blog to see how often I’ve written about traffic accidents, road safety, and road signs.

Following the last serious accident in the summer, I circulated my report on the missing road signs to the local Police. It got passed on, and subsequently I learned about possible projected road safety improvements. The pressure for any improvements is not my report but the frequency of serious accidents.

At the upcoming Surrey Heath Local Committee meeting on October 18th, I’m expecting a written answer to the following two questions that I’ve submitted.

  1. “I’ve submitted a report to the local committee previously about the missing traffic warning signs on the S bends on Red Road. Pleasingly, some have been replaced, only to be subsequently demolished in a serious traffic accident. There are now four missing signs. Both are double signs directional warning sings. When will these signs be replaced?”
  2. “I understand that the Surrey Heath Road Safety Working Group have plans to improve driver awareness of the hazards on Red Road [B311]. Can you please provide an update as to what is being planned and when the plans will be implemented.”

I noticed today that the previously very worn road markings through the S bends have been repainted. Road markings, road signs, vehicle activated speed signs, and even a new lower speed limit are all part of the changes that will hopefully reduce traffic accidents on the road.

2 thoughts on “Asking more questions about road safety of Red Road

  1. They’ve only painted the straight centre line/s though, they’ve not bothered with the arrows or centre hatching! Perhaps the arrow painter was still on holiday.

    Did you get any answers as to exactly what part of this section is considered dangerous and causes the accidents? I’ve tried diving through there at 40, 50 and 60mph (all currently legal) recently. The bends themselves are not a problem at 60mph… unless of course the driver is incapable (drink, drugs etc) or distracted (mobile phone, kids fighting in the back seat etc). which would of course also apply at lower speeds. I would suggest that the approach to the junctions with Old Red Road and MacDonald Road is real the problem area?

    Much better to slow everyone down 1/2 a mile each side of the danger spot anyway rather than properly understand the problem and apply an real solution! (sigh)

  2. Mark says – “Much better to slow everyone down 1/2 a mile each side of the danger spot anyway rather than properly understand the problem and apply an real solution! (sigh)” …

    Totally agree – review Tim’s previous posts on this subject and you will see the same points being made.

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