Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Green light given to lower speed limit on A18 to reinforce new safety measures

A new speed limit of 40mph on the approaches to the new roundabout on the A18 has been given the go ahead by North East Lincolnshire Council Councillor Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for environment and transport.

The A18 road safety improvement works have been progressing and are now in the final stage of the scheme, which will see a new roundabout built at the junction of Barnoldby le Beck and the A18.

As part of these road safety improvements, the following additional safety measures will be introduced:

  • A speed limit reduction to 40mph on both carriageways of the A18 Barton Street as motorists approach the new roundabout.
  • At the same time, to bring into force a reduction in the speed limit into Barnoldby le Beck village from the A18, from 50mph to 40mph.
  • It has been agreed that the speed limit extends along the A18 south of the new roundabout, to include a series of bends (known as Waterdell). This would make the current advisory 40mph limit mandatory.

A 40mph speed limit had also been proposed for Waltham Road, between Barnoldby le Beck and Waltham, which is currently a national (60mph) speed limit. However, this was not approved.

Councillor Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for environment and transport, said: “We want to create a safe environment for all road users on the A18 through the new roundabout junction and the new speed limit will further add to this.

“The new roundabout will slow traffic and make oncoming vehicles more visible, but safety experts say that a reduction of the current speed limit is vital in making this route safer for road users.

“I’d once again like to thank everyone for their perseverance while we carry out the final phase of works to the A18 road safety improvement scheme and I look forward to the road re-opening ahead of Christmas.”

A Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) will be put in place to enforce the new speed limit ahead of the A18 re-opening to ensure road safety while the order is officially sealed.

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