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Dangerous junction situation - a45 Chowns Mill

Reported in the Roadworks category anonymously at 13:41, Thursday 10 September 2020

Sent to Highways England less than a minute later

Team - wonder if serious consideration could be given to temporary traffic lights as part of the Chowns Mills works on the a6 & Station Road junction. At present pulling out of this junction is both dangerous and very time consuming.

We completely understand why Station Road has been closed and also all the no right turns signs are in effect. However, with the road volumes increasing as lockdown ceases and with no traffic turning right into Station Road from northbound movement on the a6 there is no natural breaks in traffic occurring to aid junction exit. Furthermore, given the delays experienced in exiting the junction other users are taking risks to exit.

Temporary traffic lights set only to trigger if traffic is waiting on Station Road would significantly help and not impact the a6 too greatly in my opinion.

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  • Thank you for contacting Highways England. We have passed you concerns about the Chowns Mill works to the Public Liaison Officer for the scheme for review. .

    We aim to provide a further update no later than 24 September 2020.

    Kind regards

    Highways England

    Posted by Highways England at 08:34, Monday 14 September 2020

  • Thank you for your patience whilst our inspector reviewed your report. Our Public Liaison Officer has provided the below comments about your concerns.

    We are aware of the A6 NB issue, where some drivers use the left turn only lane (A45) to try and jump the queue on the outside lane. This issue existed long before the works commenced and will be fully resolved when the works are complete.

    We have installed extra signage and improved the road markings on approach to the roundabout, making it very clear that the nearside lane is for the A45 only. Sadly, some motorists are choosing to ignore them.

    We have considered putting in Traffic Lights but discounted the idea because traffic modelling suggests it will slow down the junction and increase RTC’s. The Police are aware and the Police speed enforcement van on site 5 x times a week and is often situated on the A6 as a visible deterrent.

    In short, there isn’t a quick fix to this long standing issue but it will be fully resolved once works are complete.

    We would like to thank you for contacting us about your concerns. If you require any further update on this issue our Customer Contact Centre is available 24 hours a day at:

    • 0300 123 5000

    • info@highwaysengland.co.uk

    Kind regards

    Highways England

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Highways England at 08:26, Wednesday 16 September 2020

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