£3m invested into accident blackspot
Work to make safer the A5 junction at Smockington Hollow has now been completed.
There have been several deaths in the area, with many motorists and nearby residents labelling the A5 junction as dangerous.
Some had also called for action to be taken to prevent any more deaths or casualties.
Between 2014 and 2018 there was a total of 40 recorded casualties from incidents close to the junction.
Five of those were categorised as ‘serious’.
Alberto Costa announced last month that Highways England would be carrying out £3m safety improvements at the junction.
And the South Leicestershire MP announced yesterday that that work had now been carried out and completed one week ahead of schedule.
The safety improvements include:
- new junction signage;
- new road markings;
- removal of foliage next to the carriageway;
- resurfacing and laying of specialist anti-skid surfacing on the approach.
“This is a very welcome and weighty investment of £3 million in South Leicestershire, and I am very grateful to Highways England for bringing about these improvements in a timely manner,” said Mr Costa.
“The number of collisions on this stretch has simply been unacceptable in previous years, however Highways England have assessed the patterns of past collisions and acted upon them.
“I very much share the understandable concerns of local residents and road users about this stretch of the A5, and it is not before time that this has been addressed and so I am delighted that these measures are now in place.
“It’s imperative that all those using this road feel safe in doing so, and therefore, alongside Highways England, my office will, of course, keep a very close eye on the effectiveness of these improvements in the coming weeks and months”.
“By improving the road signage, installing clearer markings along the carriageway and resurfacing with new, specialist anti-skid surfacing on the approach to junctions, I am really hopeful that these measures will have the desired effect in reducing the number of collisions especially at the notorious High Cross and Smockington Hollow intersections”.
Harborough District and Leicestershire County Councillor, Rosita Page, was thankful for the completion of the work.
She added: “These improvements are a real winner for my residents and road users in enhancing the safety of this section of the A5.
“My thanks to Alberto for championing this project, and I look forward to continuing working closely with him in monitoring the success of this comprehensive £3 million investment”.