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. - Credit: Archant

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

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.

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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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