Road seal of approval

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WORK to improve safety on the A605 nears Hobbs Lot Bridge near March has been given a royal seal of approval after winning the prestigious Prince Michael International Road Safety Award.

The 13-mile section between Hobbs Lot and Peterborough has been recognised as the most improved section of rural highway in the country.

Safety improvement work carried out by Cambs County Council included new traffic lights at the Goosetree junction, re-alignment of sections of the road, fixed and mobile speed cameras, new speed and accident blackspot warning signs and work to keep the surface and markings in good condition particularly at junctions and bends and maintained visibility by removing over grown trees and bushes.

As a result of the work, between 2005-2010 the number of fatal and serious crashes fell by 74 percent (from 34 to 9) and the road safety rating improved from medium risk to low risk.

Prior to 2005 crashes at junctions, those involving pedestrians and cyclists and vehicles running off the road were prominent, each accounting for 30 percent of all fatal and serious crashes along the route. Between 2006-2010, those proportions fell to 11 percent for each category of accident.

County Council Cabinet Member for Community Infrastructure, Tony Orgee, said: “Improving road safety is all about cutting the number of people who are killed and injured on the roads and I’m delighted that our very successful efforts to do just that on the busy A605, which is a major commuter route that is also extensively used by local traffic and commercial vehicles, has been recognised by the award of such a prestigious accolade as the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award.

“Winning this award is a worthy recognition of the hard work of the local community which called for safety improvements, the county councillors who supported their campaign and the road safety and highways teams who designed and implemented the improvements.”