Cambridgeshire road safety scheme wins prestigious award
Work to improve road safety in Cambridgeshire has been recognised as part of an international award.
A £1.5 million project focused on the A1303, between Stow-Cum-Quy and the bridge over the A11, was part of the £100m Safer Roads Fund established by the Department for Transport.
The fund has been named the winner of the prestigious Prince Michael International Road Safety Award for its work in helping to save lives.
The 6.6km stretch of road improvements in Cambridgeshire was chosen for the scheme after being highlighted as one of 50 highest risk local ‘A’ roads by the Road Safety Foundation.
Works finished last year and included the widening of three junctions, edge line road markings that vibrate when driven over, a combination of solar and standard road studs for reduced visibility and wet conditions, the removal of 43 trees along the route, the installation of safety barriers and a reduction in the speed limit on the western section from 50mph to 40mph.
The DfT funded £1.302 million for the improvements, while Cambridgeshire County Council contributed £145,000.
The Safer Roads Fund was delivered by the Road Safety Foundation and commissioned and financially supported by the RAC Foundation and the DfT.
The chosen schemes are set to prevent around 1,450 fatal and serious injuries over the next 20 years.
Cllr Peter McDonald, chair of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Highways and Transport Committee, said: “The Safer Roads Fund has made a huge difference to people living in Cambridgeshire thanks to the improvements we have been able to make on the busy A1303.
“Everyone involved in the project deserves huge credit and should feel proud with what they’ve done. I am pleased their efforts and all those involved in the Safer Roads Fund have been recognised by His Royal Highness.”
His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent said: “I was delighted when the Westminster Government announced the Safer Roads Fund. The importance of sound investment at local level will provide many long-overdue improvements, not just in the 50 most dangerous stretches of ‘A’ roads in England, but elsewhere too. The innovative approach which the fund has triggered by bringing new methodologies to so many local authorities is indeed a step-change in practice and a huge stimulus to deploying a Safe Systems approaches by many roads authorities.”
Roads Minister Baroness Vere said: “I am delighted our Safer Roads Fund has been recognised for its life saving work. It was designed to prevent thousands of tragedies on our roads, and the department will continue to work tirelessly on this priority as we move forward.”
Dr Suzy Charman, executive director of the Road Safety Foundation, said: “We are delighted that the DfT’s investment in the Safer Roads Fund is recognised with this award and hope that the fund will be replicated both here in UK and overseas.
“We share this award with the RAC Foundation whose initial support allowed us to undertake the pathfinder project that was a catalyst to the Safer Roads Fund, and of course we also share the award with our local authority partners who worked hard to design and implement their schemes.”
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