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Drivers confused by new lane markings approaching Spittals Roundabout from Brampton

Reported via desktop in the Sign issue category anonymously at 07:51, Thursday 22 July 2021

Sent to Highways England less than a minute later

Copy of email sent to Highways England on 21/7 Spittals interchange - lane changes & fatal road accident

 Afternoon all,

Road Traffic Fatality at Spittals Roundabout on Monday 12/7 /2021

Having just been over the roundabout it’s still perilous with nearly everyone using incorrect lanes and cutting each other up. Most traffic going up the A141 is using the left lane which is only for Peterborough but then slicing up those using the correct.

It is disappointing that this wasn’t foreseen. The risk assessment of the new lane markings needs to be urgently reviewed.

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  • Thank you for contacting Highways England regarding Spittals roundabout.

    The changes we’re making at the junction are a result of a design to make sure the correct destination signs are in place for the A1307 and A141. In order to manage the traffic, rather than closing the junction completely, we’ve done the work in phases around the roundabout. The road marking layout on the eastbound approach to Spittals is the last phase which is due to be finished early this week. Also, once all our changes are complete, a road safety audit will be done to highlight if there are any safety concerns which need addressing.

    Lane 1 is now a dedicated left hand filter lane, solely intended for drivers wishing to exit Spittals roundabout and head northbound along the A1307 towards the A1M. Lanes 2 and 3 are for drivers continuing to travel on the A141 eastbound, or exiting Spittals roundabout to head southbound along the A1307.

    As with any changes to the road layout on our SRN, we have installed temporary signs on the approach to Spittals roundabout, advising that the road layout has changed. As a temporary solution, we’ve also masked off the incorrect information on the approaching signs while replacement signs are being obtained. This ensures that the information on the signs matches the road markings on the approach to the roundabout, which should make it clear for approaching drivers which lane to take for their journey.

    We apologise if these temporary measures have caused some confusion and not been very clear. We’re finishing the work by installing lane markings on the roundabout early this week and the straight ahead arrow in the inside lane will be hydro-blasted.

    Whenever there is a serious accident on the SRN we work closely with the police to investigate and understand the causes of the accident. As a result, we currently have no reason to believe that the recent changes we’ve made contributed to the accident on 13 July.

    Thank you again for contacting us

    Kind Regards Highways England

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted anonymously at 11:21, Wednesday 28 July 2021

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