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26th Jun, 2022

MP wants to put brakes on A46 collisions with activated signs

Rob George 25th Mar, 2022

WEST WORCESTERSHIRE MP Harriett Baldwin has called for accelerated action to reduce the risk of dangerous accidents along the busy A46 between Evesham and Tewkesbury.

National Highways, which is responsible for safety along the major road, has agreed to investigate the installation of a ‘vehicle activated sign’ to warn oncoming drivers about dangerous road junctions around Hinton on the Green and Sedgeberrow.

Worcestershire County Councillor Elizabeth Eyre and the county highways team have agreed action needs to be carried out and the police and Safer Roads Partnership have been assessing the right approaches to reduce accidents along the A46.

But the processes to investigate and install this sign is controlled by National Highways, and the process is expected to be lengthy so Mrs Baldwin has called for an accelerated approach to fix this important local concern.

“I’ve met with local councillors and even visited the local primary school to hear the clear message that we must do something to help drivers be aware of dangerous junctions along the A46,” she said.

“I’ve passed the message to the Department for Transport that this is an important issue to my constituents and I am reassured that both the Department and Worcestershire County Council support this ambition.

“What we now need to to is speed up the work to get a solution in place as soon as possible. This is a dangerous road and there have been a series of serious accidents recently.

“People are being killed and seriously injured along the A46 and I have been keen to share the message that a long delay actually doing something to prevent this is not acceptable to anybody,” Mrs Baldwin added.

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