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Better signage needed along with reduced road speed

Reported via mobile in the Sign issue category anonymously at 05:16, Tuesday 17 August 2021

Sent to National Highways less than a minute later

The filter lane from the A52 at the turn off, is dangerous. At peak times, traffic backs into the A52 causing other vehicles to move into the left hand lane. Better signage and a lower speed should be in place. Last winter there were a few accidents due to reduced visibility and the same will happen again. Drivers don’t realise they can U turn just a bit further up at RSPCA junction. Needs sorting out.

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  • Thank you for your correspondence outlining the concerns you have with traffic on the A52. The exact location you are referring is not clear, but it appears you are referring to the A52 eastbound right turn slip at the junction of Stragglethorpe Road. We do apologise if we haven’t identified this correctly.

    You referred to traffic queuing on the right turn slip back onto the A52 through lanes. Our understanding is this happens occasionally in peak traffic conditions. I can inform you works to improve traffic flow and safety through this section of the A52 have been undertaken over the last few years and are still ongoing from Gamston roundabout through Radcliffe-on-Trent.

    As you pointed out drivers can perform a U-turn at the RSPCA junction. Highways England improved this junction recently to allow drivers to perform U-turns at the junction in a safer manner than previously. We understand residents living on the A52 near Bassingfield Road may need to perform a U-turn on the A52 to access their property which is why the facility at RSPCA junction was provided.

    You stated you are aware of a few accidents that occurred at the location last winter. At present Highways England use collision data compiled by the Police to assess the need for safety improvements at locations on the road network. The Police data only records collisions that result in personal injury, and as a result collisions that result in property damage only are not recorded. While you are aware of a few accidents at the junction from last winter these don’t appear in Police data, so I assume the collisions you refer to resulted in property damage only. While no collisions are acceptable, Highways England prioritise safety improvement works for locations that have the worst safety history of collisions. Based on this Highways England have no plans in the immediate future for improvement works at the junction of Stragglethorpe Road.

    Highways England can assure you though that we will be closely monitoring the performance of all junctions on this section of the A52, however until the current improvement works are completed we will not have a complete picture of the effectiveness of the recent and current works, or if additional works are required.

    We very much value the concerns you have shared but ask for your patience to assess the outcome and effectiveness of the works currently in progress.

    Kind regards Highways England

    Posted by National Highways at 13:15, Friday 3 September 2021

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