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Deteriorating road surface on side road leading to A66 trunk road

Reported via desktop in the Road surface category anonymously at 20:29, Saturday 24 April 2021

Sent to Highways England less than a minute later

Highways England recently repaired a fence on a side road to the A66. This side road leads to some allotments. There was a collision between two cars resulting in serious damage to the fence. This fence prevents (hopefully) vehicles from plunging down a sleep slope. During the repair of the fence I complained about the poor state of the side road leading to the allotments (about 25 metres). The tarmac has failed leading to potholes and loose debris/chippings on the side road which , like the fence, is on a steep slope. The winter has also taken its toll on the road with added disintegration of the surface. The side road is used by both plot holders on the allotment and a local fishing club. It is becoming increasingly difficult for car tyres to grip on driving up the slope and exiting the side road. There is also a danger of an accident occurring. Cars trying to exit the side road at the top of the slope onto the A66 have to accelerate and the tyres skid due to the looseness of the surface and exit is delayed as a result. This short delay gives traffic on the A66, travelling at speed, to approach the side road at speed and could collide with a car exiting the side road. Cars therefore have to be aware of allowing extra time to exit the side road . Cars entering the side road to the allotments from the A66 have also experienced danger. Cars have to slow down to negotiate a tight angle on entering the side road. Large lorries using the busy A66 can travel at speed behind cars turning into the side road. This can cause anxiety and even panic and so some cars negotiate the side road entrance more quickly than they should. The tight angle and the poor state of the surface of the side road can lead to tyres losing grip with the cars moving towards the barrier. This can lead to damage to the vehicle and/or barrier or even lead to a vehicle going through the barrier and going down the steep slope. This was the situation, in fact, which actually led to the barrier being repaired last year. Kind regards... Mr Roger Sharpe (Secretary - Blackwell Allotment Association)

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  • Thank you for contacting Highways England concerning this issue. We shall look into this issue and aim to provide a response by 10/05/21.

    Can we please ask that you check back on this date for an update.

    Kind regards

    Highways England

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Highways England at 10:11, Monday 26 April 2021

  • Thank you for your patience whilst we investigated this for you.

    The Service Manager for this area has informed me that he has been to the site and spoken to you. He advised that we will need to confirm this asset is ours with our Lands Department. If it is confirmed this is ours and work is to be carried out it will need to go through scheme development.

    Regarding timescales, I am advised that we are not currently in a position to offer this at present.

    If you require any further update on this issue our Customer Contact Centre is available 24 hours a day at: • 0300 123 5000


    Please quote 21910962 to discuss this matter further.

    Kind regards Highways England

    State changed to: In progress

    Posted by Highways England at 14:31, Monday 10 May 2021

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