A5104 road safety scheme gets underway

Work on a brand new initiative aimed at reducing the number of fatal and serious road traffic collisions along the A5104 in Denbighshire gets underway this week.

In conjunction with Welsh Government and North Wales Police, Denbighshire County Council is introducing a new average speed camera system on the A5104 between Clawdd Poncen (outskirts of Corwen) and Rhydtalog.

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

Works will commence on site on Wednesday 24th January. The first phase, which will be undertaken by KM Construction, will involve undertaking pre-cursor work prior to the introduction of the cameras. The second phase will commence in February, and will be undertaken by ERH, and will involve the installation of the cameras.

Councillor Brian Jones, Cabinet Lead Member for Highways, Planning and Sustainable Transport,  said: “This is the latest in a line of initiatives aimed at reducing the number of traffic collisions along this busy stretch of the A5104. 

“Previous road safety initiatives in the area, including a reduction in the speed limit and the introduction of a bespoke signing system, have been trialled but have not been as successful as hoped and all organisations involved are committed to trying to find a long-lasting solution and to help protect the safety of road users”.

Superintendent Jane Banham of the Roads Policing Unit of North Wales Police said: “In an ideal world drivers would observe the speed limits and we would never have speed-related deaths or casualties – but we know this is not the case. It is well researched and documented that speeding can kill – however, through education, engineering and enforcement we can hopefully change behaviours and save lives.

 

“We don’t want to catch people speeding – our aim is for all drivers to adhere to the limits on our roads and hopefully the introduction of an average speed camera system will play a vital role.”

 

 

There will be some disruption during both phases of the scheme, with temporary traffic management being required to ensure the safety of the workers.  Denbighshire County Council would like to thank motorists in advance for their co-operation.

Posted on Tuesday 23rd January 2018