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Despite assurances, signage, road markings and lights EXTREMELY DANGEROUS

Reported via mobile in the Sign issue category anonymously at 17:33, Thursday 29 July 2021

Sent to National Highways less than a minute later

After already complaining on here and having a response I can confirm that the junction is still horrendous and dangerous! No one sees the temporary signs telling of the lane changes, leading to constant crashes and near misses on the roundabout. The light sequence is still far too long leading to a massive build up of traffic making all of this infinitely worse! Sort it out before someone dies again!

I now have to drive a longer way home to avoid this roundabout as it is so dangerous and highways England seem to have no care for fixing their absolute mess of a design.

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  • Dear Sir/Madam

    Thank you for contacting us via Fix My Street regarding the Spittals Interchange.

    We appreciate you providing feedback and reporting the incidents you’ve experienced around the new layout on the approach to Spittals Interchange. We recognise that the temporary measures we put in place have caused some confusion and may not have been clear. On Wednesday, 21 July, we put additional temporary signs in place to support the current road markings and made more changes to the directional sign already there. Following customer feedback, we have requested that the signs be moved to a more obvious location. We’re finishing the work by installing lane markings on the roundabout and the straight ahead arrow in the inside lane will be removed. Last week we also found and repaired a fault with the controller that runs the traffic signals at the junction. This should resolve the problem with the traffic light timings you’ve reported. 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 of this work. Lane 1 is now designed to be 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.

    Thank you again for reporting your concerns and I hope you find my reply reassuring. If you would like any more information on this, please feel free to contact us again.

    Kind regards

    Highways England

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted anonymously at 14:41, Tuesday 3 August 2021

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