Road safety initiative takes top honour

A scheme aimed at improving road safety along a stretch of the A5104 in Denbighshire has been honoured with a prestigious industry award.

Denbighshire County Council, working with Go Safe (the Wales Road Casualty Reduction Partnership) and North Wales Police, introduced a new average speed camera system on the A5104 between Clawdd Poncen (Corwen) and Rhydtalog. The contractors for the project were KM Construction (NW) Limited and Jenoptik Traffic Solutions. The project was funded by the Welsh Government’s Road Safety Capital Grant.

The project was awarded the Alun Griffiths Safety Award 2018 at the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation annual awards, held in Abergele. 

The purpose of the scheme is to reduce the number of speed-related fatal and serious collisions which occur on this section of road.

Councillor Brian Jones, Cabinet Lead Member for Environment, said: “We are delighted that this project has been honoured by the industry for its efforts in improving road safety on this stretch of road. This is the latest in a line of initiatives aimed at reducing the number of traffic collisions along this busy stretch of the A5104 and protecting the safety of road users.” 

Inspector Dave Cust of the North Wales Police Roads Policing Unit said: “Reducing casualties on our roads remains one of our top priorities.

“Average speed cameras positively influence driver and rider behaviour and ensure that motorists comply with the set speed limit, resulting in a safer environment for all road users.

“We are proud that the good practice and effective partnership working on this project should be honoured with an Award.”

Teresa Ciano, Partnership Manager for GanBwyll – GoSafe: “The average speed camera scheme on the A5104 presented us with a challenge in terms of its rural nature, but working in partnership an effective scheme was delivered.  The A5104 has seen a number of fatal and serious injury collisions over the years, and the average speed cameras were installed in order to address that following a number of other measures.  The most effective speed cameras ensure compliance with the speed limit, and average speed cameras are effective at doing this across the route.  We don’t want to catch people speeding, we want all drivers to adhere to the limits on our roads and have a safe journey home.”

Posted on Wednesday 5th December 2018