A41 CHETWYND The A41 north of Telford, Shropshire running through Chetwynd is a notoriously dangerous stretch of road due to a staggered junction with little road markings, delineation or signage. This area of road has been highlighted as an accident blackspot due to vehicles frequently exceeding the 50mph speed limit and the area being prone to fog and the elements, impacting greatly on driver visibility especially in the hours of darkness. The staggered junction also contributed to making this a hazardous stretch of road as oncoming traffic did not have clear visibility of vehicles joining the carriageway in darkness.
Solution In February 2012, 105 Astucia Hardwired Intelligent Road Studs were installed along the roadside of the A41 carriageway just north of Telford, Shropshire and 200 Astucia SolarLite Flush Road Studs were installed in the centre of the road giving drivers clearer guidance and visibility of the road ahead for a distance of 900m. 2 Vehicle Activated Signs (VAS) were installed at either side of the road just before the connecting roads joined the main A41 carriageway with each VAS being controlled by radar. The studs were programmed to constantly emit low level light during the hours of darkness and if a vehicle were to exceed the speed limit on passing either of the VAS signs they would flash “Slow Down” with the hardwired studs automatically changing to full brightness, increasing the driver’s visibility of the road ahead.
A41 Chetwynd Road Safety Scheme installed by Lochwynd on behalf of Clearview Traffic has won the award for Safety and Innovation Project of the Year at this year’s Institute of Highways Engineers (IHE) Mercia Branch Awards. Further details of the scheme can be found in our recent projects section.