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Work to improve road safety along a 6.6km 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 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.

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

The Dunsley Corner, Little Wilbraham Road, Wilbraham Road and High Street in Bottisham, will see 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.

Further work will be done to look at ways of reducing the safety issues caused by roadside hazards, this will start later in the year. We 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 8 May and is expected to be completed by the end of August. The majority of 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.

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Chair of the Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee, Councillor Mathew Shuter said: “We were pleased to be part of the Safer Roads Pathfinder Initiative and be involved in this new approach to reduce the risk of collisions by proactively looking at whole routes.

“Having worked with the Road Safety Foundation, it is great to hear that we have secured £1.3 million of funding to improve road safety along the A1303 between Stow-Cum-Quy and the bridge over the A11.

“This money has given us the opportunity to trial a new approach which recognises the vast majority of collisions involve some form of driver error. We’re aiming to improve the level of safety built into the road, so if someone makes a mistake resulting in a collision it is less likely to cause death or serious injury.

“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.”

DfT has funded £1.302 million and the County Council has also contributed £145,000.


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