Roundabout works to improve road safety
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Improvements have been carried out at a Cramlington roundabout which has been the scene of several collisions.
The work has been undertaken at the A1068/A1172 ‘Aerodrome Roundabout’, (pictured before the works) which has seen 11 collisions where people have been hurt over the past four years, six of them involving cyclists.
Many of these collisions have happened on the roundabout itself as a result of vehicles failing to give way. The main area of concern was vehicles entering the roundabout when travelling south from Bedlington to Cramlington.
The improvement scheme has involved the introduction of a 50mph speed limit on the southbound approach. At the roundabout the road has been narrowed to a single lane on the north and west side, aiming to improve lane discipline which has been a factor in a number of the collisions.
The give way line has also been moved further back, to prevent vehicles from overshooting. Warning signs have been improved at the nearby crossing points to and from Northumberlandia.
Similar schemes have been introduced recently at North Seaton and Woodhorn Roundabouts near Ashington and have had a significant improvement on road safety.
Glen Sanderson, Cabinet Member for Environment and Local Services with Northumberland County Council, said: “We need to ensure our road network is safe for all users and this scheme has involved a number of improvements.
“As with any new road layout we’d ask users to take a little more time when approaching and using this roundabout so they can get used to the new approaches.”