Highways England make key safety upgrades to ‘dangerous’ A5
Highways England has announced that a stretch of the A5 is set to receive around £3m of safety improvements.
The junctions at High Cross and Smockington Hollow in south Leicestershire are noted as being most treacherous, with several accident deaths being recorded in past years.
Earlier this week MP for South Leicestershire Alberto Costa, and MP for Hinckley and Bosworth Dr Luke Evans, met Road Minister Baroness Vere to discuss the concerns raised by motorists and local residents.
Mr Costa also met with the Divisional Director of Highways England, Catherine Brookes, to hear about the authority’s planned £3 million improvement measures – set to begin in March.
“This was a very productive and useful meeting with the Roads Minister and my new constituency neighbour Luke to directly pass on the very serious concerns many of my constituents have about the A5,” said Mr Costa.
“Similar to my meeting with Highways England last week, I was encouraged to hear about the planned safety works on the carriageway such as vastly improved and additional signage, clearer road markings and the installation of new high friction surfacing.”
“Highways England are investing a very welcome £3 million in road improvements and safety measures on this stretch of the A5 and I am really hopeful that these new works will have the desired effect in reducing the number of collisions previously seen.
“I am also very grateful to Dr Luke for joining up with me on this to ensure that both our constituents, and of course all road users, can use this part of the A5 safely and with some peace of mind. We will both continue to monitor this very closely, but I do very much look forward to seeing the improvement works beginning in earnest in just a few months’ time.”
Dr Evans, MP for Bosworth, said “Having a safe A5 which is capable of meeting the needs of our growing communities is essential for the wellbeing and prosperity of the entire west of Leicestershire.
“I am pleased that Baroness Vere was able to meet with us to discuss safety improvements along this vital artery.
“Of course I welcome the planned safety works, which need to be implemented as soon as possible; but this is only one step in our campaign to make sure the A5 is fit for purpose not just for the next decade but for the second half of the twenty first century.”
What Highways England Said
A Highways England spokeperson confirmed that the new scheme is expected to cost almost £3m.
“Safety is the number one priority for Highways England and we take the concerns of motorists and residents seriously. We are therefore carrying out safety improvements in March on this stretch of the A5.
“At the High Cross Road/Fosse Way junction we will install new junction warning signs and road markings, with red surfacing patches. We will also resurface the carriageway between Smockington and Willey along with the renewal of anti-skid surfacing, road markings and road studs.
“We will continue to monitor and review traffic flow and incidents along this road.”