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Change of road layout causing a hazard - Spittals Roundabout Huntingdon

Reported via mobile in the Road markings category anonymously at 11:10, Saturday 24 July 2021

Sent to Highways England less than a minute later

There has been a change of road markings at spittals roundabout. The left hand lane now only feeds the traffic turning left at the roundabout but everyone is using this lane to go straight ahead (as they did previously before the road markings were changed). This is extremely dangerous as cars and lorries in the left hand lane are cutting back into traffic that are in the correct middle lane to go straight ahead. Some drivers are being very aggressive about this thinking they are actually in the right. As an increased amount of traffic has to wait in the middle and right lanes to go straight ahead it takes longer to get through the lights. I think some drivers then use the left lane to get through the lights quicker even though they know they have to dangerously cut back in. I have nearly had an accident twice now and this change of layout is going to lead to a serious and dangerous crash soon. Please reconsider the change of road layout. The traffic flow worked perfectly well before. In this case a change is definitely not for the better, it is actually very dangerous.

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  • The sequencing of the lights has also been changed. The lights now stay green for a much shorter length of time. This caused traffic tailbacks to Brampton hut today. Getting from Brampton over Spittals roundabout took over half an hour this afternoon, a journey which normally takes only 5 minutes. I have had another near miss where drivers from the right hand lane tried to swing into the middle lane at the same time a driver on the left tried to swing into the middle lane. I was sandwiched inbetween 2 cars in the wrong lanes! I urge you to try and resolve this quickly before someone is seriously hurt.

    Posted anonymously at 20:26, Saturday 24 July 2021

  • I agree with both these posts. Police attended an accident last week between a lorry and car. I witnessed another near miss this morning.

    Posted anonymously at 12:25, Monday 26 July 2021

  • 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.

    Thank you again for contacting us

    Kind Regards Highways England

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted anonymously at 11:47, Wednesday 28 July 2021

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