Rumble strips to be installed on North Bank road this summer

Barriers being installed on the North Bank river road Whittlesey. Picture: Steve Williams. Barriers being installed on the North Bank river road Whittlesey. Picture: Steve Williams.

Friday, February 21, 2014
3:57 PM

Further safety measures will be installed on the notorious North Bank road this summer.

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Following a sustained public campaign, Peterborough City Council installed a £50,000 250-metre safety barrier on the stretch of road in December to prevent cars from crashing into the River Nene.

Now, they have agreed to put in extra road markings, known as rumble strips, which will warn drivers when they drift from their lane.

Councillor Marco Cereste, leader of Peterborough City Council, said: “During the summer we will be putting in extra road markings.

“Hopefully this will make drivers more aware of the potentially hazardous bend as they approach it.

“We have already implemented a temporary 40mph speed limit on the road and installed extra safety fencing. We will continue to monitor the situation closely.”

Hannah Yates, 18, drowned when her car plunged into the River Nene on November 3.

On December 2, the body of Keith Pettitt, 50, of Corby, was pulled from the river after his Skoda was spotted partially submerged.

Campaigners are still pushing for an average speed camera system on the stretch of road but its £300,000 estimated cost has so far proved prohibitive.

MP Steve Barclay welcomed the safety measures but spoke out at the cost of speed cameras.

He said: “It is welcome that Peterborough City Council have responded so positively both with the barriers and now with a commitment to install rumble strips on the North Bank this summer.

“Thanks go to Marco Cereste for responding positively. It shows in the 12 months following Hannah’s tragic death, practical steps will have been taken to improve the safety of this road.

“However speed remains an issue given that the road is very narrow and undulating.

“I constantly find the cost of work associated with Highways staggering - £300,000 for one set of cameras to measure average speed seems incredibly high.

“Even a simple road sign outside Thorney Toll was estimated at £30,000 and ended up costing £10,000, a ridiculously high amount for a single metal sign.”

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  • The 'rumble-strips' that are already in place on the North Bank, are otherwise known as 'ribbed edging' and run at the side of the carriageways to help drivers stay on the road. The further plan now announced by Peterborough City Council, is to install raised strips across the road, as are applied at the approach to some junctions, reduced speed limit zones, etc., to alert drivers to the approach of an additional hazard, in this case the blind bend on the North Bank. Whilst this is a very welcome development, it is a relatively inexpensive measure that, like the safety barrier has now been installed, really should have been in place a long time ago. The cost of an Average Speed Camera system for the North Bank, would be reduced from the suggested figure of £300,000, to around £230,000, with the availability of a new, improved, lighter and cheaper 'SPECS3 Vector' system, when it secures Home Office approval, which should be later this year, all being well. Incredibly, £120,000 of the estimated total cost is accounted for by the projected cost of supplying power to the two camera terminals required (£60,000 each!), due to the anticipated cost of laying power cables. The power usage of each camera terminal has been indicated to be around 25-Watts, so less than most of the old fashioned light bulbs we used to use. I therefore can't help wondering whether a combination of on-site solar and wind power generation, might not be possible, and a lot cheaper. If it were only on sporadic occasions when neither source could generate enough power to keep the system active, it would still surely be preferable to have a system that was 'live' enoguh of the time to provide a real deterrent to antisocial driving on this particular road, than to have no system at all, given the minimal chance of Police being able to physically enforce the speed limit, due to limited resources available for such a remote rural location. Graham Chappell Campaign Organiser The Fenland Road Safety Campaign (Charlotte's Way)

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    Graham Chappell

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • I thought there were rumble strips already well I guess the road we be closed for a week or two so the work will be carried out and I bet it is not in the school holidays

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    karenmcfarling

    Friday, February 21, 2014

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